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March 20, 2017 marked a day of loss for a very good friend of ours. Her mother passed away. Less than two years ago, I lost both of my parents and so I understand how she is feeling at this moment.

We knew her mother and she was a wonderful Christian lady. There is no doubt in my mind that she is now absent from her body and present with her Lord. I know that the family is as assured of this fact as I am, but it does not take away the sorrow and loss that is being felt right now.

Sorrow and loss are feelings that we all must face because our original perfection was destroyed by our open rebellion against God. Yet God, in His mercy, chose not to leave us in our sinful state, but in His Sovereign Will, would one day restore that perfection.

Until all of creation is renewed, we will be very well acquainted with shedding tears. There is nothing wrong with expressing sorrow over lost loved ones. Jesus himself wept in the Scriptures. There are two recorded instances of Jesus crying. Once over the loss of a dear friend and the second over His beloved Jerusalem. However, Isaiah 53:3 tells us that the suffering Messiah would be “a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.”

Throughout the life of Christ, I believe that he saw tremendous amounts of sorrow and grief. I also believe that because of His love for us, he shed many silent tears.

We are told that time heals all things. As nice as that sounds, I do not believe that. Death is our enemy. We were created to live, not to die. I’m not even sure that time lessens our sorrow and grief over the loss of a loved one. I think it is more accurate to say that we become adjusted to live with the loss. Regardless of the years that will pass, one rogue memory brings everything back, and that feeling of loss will still be there.

First Thessalonians 4:13 is the light at the end of the very dark tunnel of sorrow. That light is hope. So yes, even as Christians we will experience sorrow and grief. Our consolation in this is that we know a day is coming where our hope will be fulfilled in the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

One of my favorite verses in Scripture is Revelation 21:4 which states “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

For now, my family grieves for our friend and her family for their loss. I pray that in the days to come, she will cling close to our Savior and be assured that one day soon, the sorrow will be gone and our age old enemy, death, will be swallowed up in Victory.

 

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I put together a little video about my latest skiing adventure. I hope you get as much chuckle from watching it as I did making it!

Skiing

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I was watching some news for a bit. I felt like being nauseous, and the news is usually the best way for me to accomplish that.

The last thing I looked at was the story of the disabled man being tied up and beaten in Chicago. One news reporter mentioned that if this case is “raised” to the level of a hate crime, the four attackers could face up to 30 years in prison. Most of you have probably seen the news report but here is a link to what happened.

Chicago beating

As I watched the video, and read the report, I wondered something about hate crimes. Is not “hate” the motivator behind all crimes? People love to jump on the “No Hate” band wagon for their favored group. But is one group any more important then another? Politicians fight and babble over gun control. We can take the gun out of someone’s hand, but until the hate is taken out of the man’s heart, there will be no change. If not a gun, then some other weapon.

So we as society have decided how much hate constitutes a hate crime. And what if I disagree with the measuring rod? Does that make me a hater? Am I as guilty as the attackers in the video if I don’t agree with someone?

You are by now thinking this post ridiculous. Maybe it is. Just seems to me that it is just fine for me to hate, as long as I hate the same things you do. Just don’t let my hate leave the boundaries set by society.

But wait…what if we lived in a world with no hate, no violence, no crime, etc. Oh wait, that would be called heaven. I’m not there yet, but watching the news often makes me wish I was.

 

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It has been so long since I have logged into my own blog that I could not remember the password. That may be good for the two of you that read this, but I’m not sure yet.

Do I have a good reason for dropping out of life? Or perhaps I should ask is there ever a good reason for dropping out of life. I wish I had a good answer to that question without relying on some old and pat cliché.

The past two years have not been good. Starting with the death of my mom on July 7, 2015, a very good friend on July 18, 2015, my father-in-law on September 5, 2015, my dad on October 9, 2015 and the list continues on like that for two years.

Of course many have told me that I am depressed or wallowing in the depths of despair and need to seek out “professional” help. I do not feel depressed and I am not wallowing anywhere (outside of the occasional times I get my wheelchair stuck in the mud).

What I do feel is reflection. Even now I have a very good friend in New Zealand, from playing on line games, who is only 35 years old, laying in a hospital bed, and feels like giving up. I also have another very good friend in NYC that is scheduled for back surgery on Tuesday for spinal stenosis. So this new year is not looking much brighter then the last two years.

It is very easy to ask why…but we all know why. What I ask is “Have I done enough?” Have I been there when people need me? Have I offered a smile, held their hand, laughed with them, cried with them. Could I have done more? These are the questions that cause me to reflect as I go into 2017.

My only New Year’s resolution is that I want to be a better person for people when they need me most.

In my book, regret is a much worse feeling then depression.

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Greetings to an audience long since gone. It has been so long since I logged in here that I had to look up my login information.

I wanted to pass along some information about my youngest daughter, Ariel.

Just three more days and she will be finished with her MAT. (Masters of Art in Education) Her diligence has amazed me. I do remember being her age once upon time, but I get tired just watching everything that she does.

Her entire life is centered around serving God in whatever capacity that would be. She has always had a heart for missions and has eagerly prayed that a door would open for her where she could serve best.

Well, the door has been opened. She will be leaving in July for Mexico. There she will be teaching a classroom of 5th and 6th graders at a school belonging to New Tribes Mission. You can check out there web site at New Tribes Mission

She is currently in the process of raising support, both prayer and financial, and is busy getting out to churches, writing prayer letters, prayer cards, and many other things that I know little about. I believe her old dad is becoming technologically challenged. lol

She has also started her own blog. This blog will be her way of staying in touch with people interested in her ministry/adventures in Mexico. And yes I believe she will have plenty of adventures to share. The name of her blog is Lion Of God

I hope that you will check it out and follow it to offer her encouragement along the way. When she was young, she was terrified to not be within reaching distance of her mother. So watching her grow up into a confident young lady, who has such a passion for people, has been an amazing journey.

She leaves for Florida mid June for some training before heading off to Mexico. I personally covet your prayers and well wishes for her mission, purpose and safety. I have no doubt that she has become a Lion(ess) For God and am eager to see the fruits of her ministry.

 

 

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As we drove into the Italian port of Civitavecchia for our first view of the Mariner of The Seas, my first thought was WOW! This was the first cruise that Wendy and I had been on and we certainly started out in a very grand way. Just as a comparison, the RMS Titanic had a gross tonnage of 46,000 tons and a length of 883 feet, compared to Mariner of The Seas with a gross tonnage of 138,000 tons and a length of 1,020 feet. Our new home for the next 14 days was literally a floating city.

Luxury was everywhere and every aspect of the ship was accessible right down to a hydraulic lift in one of the pools for disabled people. On board there was a mall, restaurants, sidewalk cafes, health club, banking and postal services, day spa with massage therapy and even acupuncture, a jogging track, multiple pools and hot tubs, a chapel, meetings rooms, movie theater, ice skating studio, casino, arcade, children’s play area and the list goes on. It has rooms enough for 3,114 passengers and an amazing dining room complete with three levels, balconies, a grand piano (with live music each night) and of course a grand stairway.

The ship’s personnel and attendant services were impeccable. Our stateroom attendant was TOPS and completely spoiled Wendy and me. He was almost always present, immediately learned our names and would come running down the hall to open our room door for us. If he even thought we might need something to make our time aboard ship more comfortable, he made it happen. He personally saw to the cleaning of our stateroom which happened twice a day. It was always fun to go back to our room and see what “towel creation” he had done and left on our bed. I know that Origami is the name for paper art, I wonder if towel art has a name…hmmm. When we left we wanted to pack him in our luggage and bring him home with us!

Our room was on Deck seven and I could not have asked for better accessibility. Being in a wheelchair, bathroom accommodations can be a concern. Many hotels believe that a blue sign and a grab-bar on some erroneous wall make the bathroom accessible. There was also plenty of space for me to go anywhere in our cabin. I assure you that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines understands accessibility. And our room balcony was wonderful! We didn’t spend a lot of time in our room because of a busy itinerary, but when we did, we had the balcony door open and enjoyed the sounds of the sea as we sliced through the waters. We saw beautiful sunrises, sunsets and the moon shining its magical path over the sea at night.

Meals were fantastic! There was food available 24 hours a day in one of the many restaurants, and all of the rest were open from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM. We usually ate breakfast in a mammoth buffet called the Windjammer. I say buffet, but even here, we were waited on. Attendants would see me in a wheelchair and offer to get anything I wanted and bring it to the table. Wendy and I would usually get our own since there were so many choices and we wanted to peruse them all before deciding. But a waiter would always be available at every table for assistance and drink refills. The waiters got to know us by name and within a couple of days they felt like good friends. We tried out several of the restaurants for lunch and loved them all. One favorite was Johnny Rockets. I had a cheeseburger, fries, onion rings, rootbeer float and ended with a strawberry sundae. And we even had live entertainment here as the workers would occasionally break out into line dancing for everyone. Our evening meal was in the grand dining room. Let me add here that we had three formal nights on our cruise and Wendy was the “bee’s knees.” She was gorgeous as always! We had eight people at our table with two waiters. There were at least seven appetizers to choose from (or all of them if we wanted), five or six main courses (or once again all of them), and multiple desserts. And yes, you guessed it, we could have all of the desserts if we wanted. Lol Of course eating that much food was quite impossible. Someone told us that a person could average a six pound weight gain per week! I believe that without a doubt. Fortunately our touring gave us lots of exercise and something else to do other than eating. And Wendy of course took full advantage of the exercise equipment and jogging track. When on board I would often join Wendy in the afternoons walking/rolling the track. It was on Deck 12 with warm sunshine, a wonderful sea breeze and an amazing view.

When we sailed from Italy, our first port of call was to be Alexandria, Egypt. On this post however, I believe I will end here and let you enjoy the pictures of the ship. But make sure you come back to read my next post about our two day trip to Egypt which even included an erupting volcano!

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