1923–2004, 1921–2007

The above dates were my mom and dad’s allotted times here on Earth. No matter what words I could write, they would not do them justice. They were two of the most wonderful people. If I had the capacity to choose my own parents 76 years ago, I would have chosen them both.

They loved each other dearly, and it was amazing growing up with them. They were not perfect and if they were alive today, they’d be the first ones to admit that fact. They not only loved each other but needed each other.

Many books have been written about love, relationship, and marriage. No two books are alike. They are a vast and at numerous times, complicated subjects with varied definitions of same and yet, my parents epitomized all three of those institutions.

That little small line in between each of those dates represents our lives. If you’ll notice, it is a very short line. Christ has a plan for each of our short lines [1]. I’ve given that a lot of thought lately especially in my reclining years.

I try to take stock of my life everyday in terms of what am doing with my line? Am I fulfilled, happy, accomplished, and living my life to the fullest? What am I doing for others? What am I doing for others and not expecting anything in return? Am I forgiving? Am I a giving person? Am I loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and do I have self-control [2]? I’m sad to report that I have failed each of these at one point in my life or the other. But I will not give up, and as long as I have Christ, His forgiveness, and mercy, I’ll make it, because I know God has plans for me. (His Word promises me so, and Christ IS the Word.) I need Christ in my life and I need you folks in my life.

We all need each other.

And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. [1 Corinthians 12:21 KJV]

I am reminded of a plant that grows abundantly in alpine areas. It’s called Deer Moss or sometimes, Reindeer Moss. Funny thing is, it’s not really a moss, but a lichen. A lichen is a fungus and an alga that grows together. The thing about this is, neither the fungus nor the alga can survive on its own. They grow together in a mutualistic symbiosis. However, together, they form a plant that can survive for up to 4500 years. We as a human race, rely on each other. We need relationships with one another to survive. No one is an island unto himself.

It’s not easy to live together with spouse, family, and friends, but when the Holy Spirit of God empowers us, there’s nothing we can’t do [3]. The church is the body of Christ and He is the head [4]. The body cannot do anything without the head [5]. I personally cannot do anything without Christ, nor would I want to. I fail many times, but God never fails [6]. He will never leave or forsake me [7] and he is a friend that sticks closer than a brother [8].

Christ teaches us in our vertical relationships with Him, how to love one another in our horizontal relationships with each other. We then, in turn, and knowing how to love the right way, can love Christ in return. Love then comes full circle. Hopefully, it is a perpetual loop. God is love. Do you have Him in your life? Next time, I’ll give you the opportunity to know Him. He has changed my life. GBY my readers.
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[1] Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
[2] Galatians 5:22, 23
[3] Philippians 4:13
[4] Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 3:6, and 5:23; Colossians 1:18, and 1:24
[5] John 15:5
[6] Psalms 136 CEV; 1 Corinthians 1:9-11 WE
[7] Hebrews 13:5
[8] Proverbs 18:24

2 thoughts on “1923–2004, 1921–2007

  1. Yet another twist In Message delivery , { One more reason I look forward to your posts } . This one starts with common ground we all understand ,, then the personal element that inter-jects You or someone into the body of words being presented ,,, then the meat of scripture that gives it life ,,{ which by now the reader NEEDS to hear the rest } . then the finish that makes it all clear or you leave the bait dangling ,, so the reader must tune in at next post to receive the climax of the message being given ,,, the reader already knows he/she will look for the next post . Not to read the last chapter ,, but , to complete the message you have already made PERSONAL . You see { I am sure you do } that is something you do well , You take the human heart , scripture , situations that apply to all ,.The LORD Jesus and his promises ,, Edifications of the word and mix well ,, then pour into the glass of a blog . Brilliant , . I know myself that if I read more than the first two sentences ,, I MUST read til the conclusion ..I have always enjoyed your different styles of writing . You are not predictable ,, which makes it an interesting read for me … The only predictability in your writing is ,, I know it will good . And if I want more than what you wrote ,, There are hous of research in your Footnotes that will keep me busy until the next post ,,…. Nice Work Capt.,,,,.. Love Gunny

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  2. On Tue, May 21, 2019 at 1:54 AM James lindquists Writing wrote:

    > James Lindquist posted: “The above dates were my mom and dad’s allotted > times here on Earth. No matter the words I could write they would not do > them justice. They were two wonderful people. If I had the capacity to > choose my own parents 76 years ago, I would have chosen them bot” >

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