PT I thought I should include you in this photo I just created for Amy.
We attended a memorial celebration / ceremony, put on by the support group we attend.
I pulled this foreground photo from one of the video frames I took.
I felt awkward at first, but I just had to take a picture.
Amy and I were sitting up front, just 5 feet from the table filled with lit candles, while some appropriate music was playing.
My hope that I was not going to offend the other families who were behind me was over ridden by my desires to preserve the moment.
My fear of offending others was relieved after I took my first snap of the first of several photos and then video.
Many of the other family members who were there to remember their lost one[s] jumped up and joined me.
They pulled out anything they had from small digital cameras to using their fancy cell phones that shoot still photos and videos.
I received another lesson on just how following my Instinctual drives can be a positive for others, especially when it comes to preserving an important Memory.
PT you are a huge part of our first and second most important memories.
Remembering our sweet baby boy Tommy - Christmas-2010
Today is an important day for me and is as such each year. In addition to marking the historical date and accounts of the birth of Jesus, it also sets as a reminder for me of my own birth….or re-birth.
Twenty-nine years ago I gave up what was left of a shattered life……and began a new journey with Christ as my Morning Star, my beacon and compass. I received His Spirit to help me navigate through my wilderness wanderings and towards the true purpose of my existence, a life of service.
I have always wondered about what it takes for a soldier to give his/her life for another, and at times for others not even known. Today I do know what it takes and how much it means to me. Surprisingly it was not what I thought. I now know it is very simple, just a peaceful and willing spirit from within, that calms my fears and speaks to my soul, telling me it’s OK, that my purpose is being fulfilled just being present and ready. As I see the myriad of opportunities to help and serve others around me, in itself, this is where I find my salvation, strength, comfort, and peace, not by works of faith or through acts of kindness or of my own free will, rather allowing a driving force from within me that I cannot explain, be free to express and release the most important of all there is in life……LOVE.
In my reading the Word today I performed a self-evaluation, looking at the fact this is a special time of remembrance coming up, the birth of our Lord and Savior, that I need to be steadfast in my walk always, not giving my best or my all just during the special times of year. I need to treat every day and every moment as a precious gift. This is the best gift I can offer others all throughout the year, the example of an honest love and concern, commitment, and dedication to family, friends and all those in need around me, as I am able.
In a conversation with my sister this afternoon, I felt compelled to mention, there are many hurting people out there today, just because this time of year acts like a fine lens and the focus may stir up emotion of a better time, maybe with loved ones lost or a wonderful time with family now lost or broken apart. These times can be painful, confusing and depressing. I encourage all who read this message today to remember to say a kind word to all those you meet this day, this week and throughout your journey, for you never know just how much a simple kind word can lift up a dying spirit or act like medicine for someone with a broken heart.
I pray today Father God, you fill me with your spirit of Love afresh each day, help me to see past the blinders of this world and into the very spirit of your nature, let me be as a brother, friend, and neighbor, to all I am able during my daily walk of faith, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!