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Living Hope . . .

Living Hope . . .

"I know that my redeemer lives,

   and that in the end he will stand on the earth.

And after my skin has been destroyed,

   yet in my flesh I will see God;

I myself will see him

   with my own eyes - I, and not another."

Job 19: 25-27a (NIV)

 

 Been a tough week.

 

From 100 yards away you could see them all, the last of the family and friends, some still visiting and some now walking toward their trucks and SUVs . . . in dark suits and dark dresses and wool coats on this cool and breezy late-winter, partly sunny afternoon.

 

None of them had expected, last week at this time, to be here. But a mid-morning plane crash on the final day of February took the lives of two men who were close friends and the friends of many.

 

Then the night after living that scene on Wednesday, I got a message that another friend had passed away. He was authentic, gentle, true to his craft, a man who spent his whole writing life promoting and encouraging a vitality of existence, a hopeful view of life, and a tender attitude about love.

 

We adored him. And for all the right reasons. A flawed man as we all are, but a man filled with love and gratitude. You always felt better after you'd seen him. Don't we all wish to be like that? What a gift . . ..

 

Before leaving the cemetery Wednesday, I was lucky enough to notice two babies in carriers, grownups smiling at them . . . and the babies smiling back. They'll find out that living life under the rainbow means troubles that don't always melt like lemon drops . . . that while it's our turn to drive home from a cemetery today, one day it won't be. I hope that life for those babies is filled with friends and smiles.

 

Meanwhile we live the days, grateful there are so many better than bad ones, and we soldier on, pitch by pitch, trying to be a good teammate, a shoulder for sad times, an encourager, grateful for all the wonder life holds, and grateful for the time we've been given to share it.

 

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

 

Teddy Allen

 

Writer/Editor Specialist, University Communications--Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana 

Bible Teacher, Sports Announcer

 

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