He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
I need to stop to breathe.
No, I’m not stepping away from the blog. I’m not giving up the 100 Day Project. I’m not stopping the Lent posts.
I just need a little space to breathe.
We’ve had this conversation before. We expected 2021 to be better than 2020. We expected 2022 to be better than 2021.
Instead we find ourselves paraphrasing Steve Martin in The Jerk, “You mean I’m gonna stay this color?”
If you don’t get it. Go watch the movie.
Just be prepared. It’s incredibly funny. It is not politically correct.
I’m not sure if it could be made today. And that’s just a little sad.
I saw The Jerk for the first time on spring break in Florida. I started to talk about time four of us drove from Kentucky to a friend’s house in Sanford for spring break my junior year. But it was the next year in Ft. Lauderdale with a different set of friends.
It doesn’t really matter. Other than to note that it was ages ago.
Why am I telling you all of this?
If you’ve been following along, I’m a little moody this week. I’m working on it.
I think maybe we’re all a little moody. A little news weary.
Weary of wars and rumors of wars. Nations rising against nation.
I’ve heard that somewhere before.
I’ll be working on it during another spring break in a couple of weeks. This time the wife and I are going to North Carolina, not Florida. But it’s beach. And it’s away.
Yes, long time readers will note that we usually go to the beach in August. We have our reasons for going early this year. Stay tuned.
I’m also a little moody today because, had he lived, this would have been my father’s 93rd birthday.
We lost him in 1978 when he was just 49. He’s been gone almost as long as he’d been alive, and more than twice the number of years I had with him.
No matter how many more years I have on earth, it will always have been too soon.
I sometimes wonder how things might have been different had he lived longer. I was able to afford to finish college because of survivor benefits. That might have changed.
But there’s no need to speculate. Things happened as they did and there’s no going back to change them. We have to accept them and move on.
The summer after he passed was my junior year. I was the editor of the college yearbook. In what must have been a continuation of the mood, I wrote something like “Memories of the past fill our minds like the scattered pieces of a jigsaw puzzle…”
We worked that in to a theme that said that Christ completes the puzzle. And He does.
Not brilliant writing, but it worked for a yearbook.
And so, here with the pause, with the more recent memories of 2020, 2021, and the ones we are currently making, we can know that the picture is not complete.
We can’t see how it all fits together.
But it does. And it will.
My faith tells me that one day this will all make sense. There’s an old song that says “it will be worth it all.”
On the crappy days, it’s hard to remember that.
That’s why we pause to breathe.
THINGS YOU SHOULD READ
CDC Says It Accidentally Inflated Children’s COVID Death Numbers In ‘Coding Logic Error’
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Clarifying Oil Information…
Don Dears at Power for USA
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Babylon Bee editor: We refuse to bow to Twitter’s censorship of a joke
New York Post
A world where you can state a simple biological fact and face censorship, the loss of revenue and your livelihood, and excommunication from the public square for stating truth, no matter how satirical tongue-in-cheek your tone is, is a scary one indeed. Read More.
‘So, You Don’t Know’: ABC Reporter Lays Trap For Josh Hawley, He Snares Her Instead
“So, you don’t know. You’re just here to do a ‘gotcha.’ When you know the facts, come back to me,” he said. “Good luck!” Read More.
Stormy Daniels Loses Appeal, Ordered To Pay Donald Trump Almost $300,000
The Conservative Brief
A notorious left-leaning federal appeals court ordered Daniels to pay Trump almost $300,000 in attorneys’ fees after the court rejected her bid to overturn a lower court’s decision. Read More.
BORN ON THIS DAY
1904 – Joan Crawford, American film actress (d. 1977)
WHAT I’M READING
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.