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Visiting Family & Friends, or Their Graves?

September 12, 2021

“I sometimes feel as if I passed the point when there are more loved ones who need flowers on their graves than those who remain behind.”

The Rev. Dr. Gayle Hubbard Arnold, real life friend and colleague from both college and seminary days, wrote that in a message on August 10. It’s with her expressed gracious permission that I share it with you here.

For decades, I’ve been known to put on my Captain Obvious Hat and say that the windshield is larger than the rear view mirror for a reason.

Anybody else sometimes notice yourself spending more time looking back?

Anybody else have an experience of “one last time” with certain people or events?

Maybe this sounds or feels familiar: To live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me.

Yet what shall I choose?

I do not know!

I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Philippians 1:21-24

Hold on.

Wanna see you back here tomorrow.

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