Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Key to another Door

Most of our family’s history has been irretrievably lost. The reason is perhaps nothing more than this one particular aspect of life that is meant to be. True, some stories should never be revealed but others shall only remain for us as distant vague mysteries that we may recall once having heard or overheard about decades earlier.

Those unique stories about our family members of earlier generations have been taken to the grave by those who are no longer with us; personal stories about their lives, tales of past events that shaped their character, timeless lessons about what they believed in and insight into how they lived that can longer be shared with those of us who are following. 

The Bible correctly reminds us, 

“There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to happen among those who come after.”
Ecclesiastes 1:11

These words from the Bible are so very true. I only have to look through the boxes of old photographs in my father’s home, many taken years before 1924, (the year my father was born) to be confronted by this Biblical truth. Who were those people in some of the photographs? All who knew them are gone. What were they doing when those moments from their lives were recorded? No one is left to remember. What stories could they share with us if they were here to tell us? Only God knows now.

In looking back over the decades of time that I have been granted to live though, the 1970’s were by far the most difficult years. Nonetheless, the 1970’s were also the most formative years; a preparation leading up to January 1980, when my life completely changed. A few of the chapters that have been recorded come from some of those events in the 1970’s. Where necessary, names, events and locations have been changed.

When I and my generation are gone, no one shall remain to remember. If there is one thought to pass on, then it is this; learn how to discern the difference between giving up too easily too soon and the futility of fighting against the will of God.

If you wish to read more, then this is the key to that doorway: 

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