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day 15


our little family celebrated the thirteenth wedding anniversary of the hubs and i.  we were married at a local tourist attraction, near lake winnipesauke, called the castle in the clouds. it was a mansion built 100 years ago and preserved to what life was like in the 1920’s.  but the draw is the view.  the castle sits high up on  a mountain in moutounborough nh, overlooking new hampshire’s infamous lake. the day we were married it was cold, and overcast. in fact, when we left the venue the rain started to fall.

that was thirteen years ago.

today the weather was perfect. the foliage at peak season. we took our son and made it just before closing time. we showed him all the places we walked, spoke our vows, posed for pictures. all while another wedding was about to begin.

another reason i love octobers.

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thinking about resurrection of the body today. not just my savior’s, but my dad’s. someone got me thinking about what an amazing easter celebration it must be in heaven and now my dad is living it out. in his resurrected body.  oh, the thought of heaven. a place where sadness isn’t a glimpse of a thought. pain is forever erased. love abounding. easter is the day that death lost! i cannot begin to imagine the victory party going on right now. 

this morning, our pastor spoke of 1 corinthians 15.  here are the verses that resonated with me today, from the message:

But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:

Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?

It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!

yes.  death, who is afraid of you now?  where is your sting? you may have taken my dad’s body, but his spirit lives anew! oh, to hear that trumpet blast!  hasten that day when i will receive my new body, see dad again, but more so see my savior’s face.

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woke up to ice covering everything. the trees. the grass. the car. the streets. the dead mum out back.  it’s been a week since my dad was hospitalized for what we now know to be AML. a form of leukemia. it didn’t help at all that someone i was talking to day about my dad said her own dad died of the same thing.  he lived for three years and then the suffering ended.  as christians we believe that there is a better place. heaven. a place that is more glorious than we could ever imagine. but when someone we love leaves us for heaven, we are left here. apart. separated. i don’t want to think my dad will be leaving us soon. in fact mom wrote to say he is doing well.  “almost normal.”  this initial round of chemo is ending today. they will do another bone marrow biopsy to see if the bad cells were killed.  but now he is at risk of infection. being at risk is what scares me.   what scares me is getting that phone call from mom, before i can be with her. that he is gone.  i believe in a God with whom nothing is impossible. yes. it is possible for God to heal my dad. completely. but will He?  what is His will?  we lay in wait.

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