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October 23, 2006, Herald Journal

Make every day special


When I was small we traveled often. We passed the time while driving by admiring the beautiful fall trees.

We also found it amusing to read the signs along the road. The signs were there to help us chart the way: “Food, lodging, next right”; “Lake Serra, 10 miles.”

Sometimes warnings: “Watch for falling rocks”; “Curves next two miles.”

Sometimes detours take us places we don’t want to go.

Our lives are often referred to as a journey. A journey of expectations, milestones, excursions, detours, joys and sorrows.

From the beginning we are continually looking ahead. We can’t wait for those first steps, the first tooth, the first day of school the sixteenth birthday, graduation, career, marriage, children, grandchildren, retirement, and on and on it goes.

Sometimes we think more about the trip than the destination.

One day I saw a little girl, about four years old, at the convenience store counter with her mother. While her mother was buying supplies for the trip, the little girl could hardly hold still. She was literally dancing she was so excited.

“Where are you going?” the clerk asked the little girl.

“To Grandma’s!” she shouted. She didn’t say North Dakota. The place didn’t matter. As far as she was concerned she was going to person.

She was bearing witness to the fact that we home in those we love and who love us. In people more than places.

During Christ’s life on earth, again and again he told us, (John 14:2-3) he has prepared a place for us there at the end of our journey.

We should celebrate those milestones and markers on our journey. Make every day special. Celebrate also those whose lives have gone before us as they begin a never ending life in Jesus Christ.

May we always remember who we belong to and to whom we are going.

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