...some friends, whom I value more than they realize, will know, or at least assume with their brand of certitude, that with this confession I've, one more time [...their opinion...] fallen off the "evangelical perch"
...because a bit ago reading this brought some genuine tears to these olde eyes
...and I expect I may shed some more as I watch the news and memorials unfold
...two years ago a remarkable journey of our own began at the Kennedy Library and Boston Common, one Judy and I shall never forget [those of you who know of our cross-country trip two summers ago will know what I'm referring to...]
...I will watch with a "soul-weary earnestness" what takes place in these few days to honor Senator Ted Kennedy, and will join some friends, but not all, in being very thankful for what he has achieved in the public sector...and in remarkable service to this country and our world
...there are also some folks, dare I even say, fairly good folks about many things, who also have thoughts about me that they are convinced of 'their truth"...however, God and I know are not true
...so when I, too, die, some time between a few moments from now, or soon after I reach 95 [...my preferred age to exit...but holding fast to the belief that our Triune God does have the number of each of our days...thus, I trust Him with my number...], I've no clue, at this moment in time just how some of those folks will be glad...but a few will, no doubt
...it is my hope when that eternal number is called that my legacy in transformed lives will outlive blunders, in ways small to only God will know what size, in spite of the errors.......because of grace, that inclusive, life-giving sacred element, some of us are prone to withhold because we think we're right
...just some thoughts at 2:44 PM on this Thursday afternoon as I do pray for this family's loss...and even as I do pray for the future of this country and our world
...it's not just God bless America...but may God bless us...us, as in everyone...whether you stand to the right or the left of me...wherever we all find ourselves standing...I pray God's blessing over, under, around and through you...........and hope you are surprised often at our God's wild and crazy sustaining love for just you...no matter which way you lean.
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First picture: ...just outside the JFK Library with his boyhood sail boat
Second picture: ...the two of us at the West Gate of Boston Common, ready to head all the way west to Newport, OR on US Highway 20...a boyhood dream getting fulfilled
Third picture: ...on the way west, a few days away from Memorial Day '07 at a cemetery somewhere in rural Iowa honoring the area's beloved sons and daughter's who had given their lives in service to our country
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...now, Wes, get back to work...........