Summer’s Last Hurrah

Posted in Uncategorized on September 7, 2009 by Lee

 As we sat with our church family at our annual trip to the Labor Day Fireworks in Anderson last night, the cooler night air that graced our faces reminded me that the waning days of summer will soon yield to the full onset of Autumn.    As the charcoal sky was emblazened with hues of red and green and gold, I was reminded of the many years our church family has enjoyed this tradition together.  Labor Day weekend is often referred to as “Summer’s last hurrah,” though Fall doesn’t officially arrive until the end of the month.  While Memorial Day in May often finds me looking toward Summer with excited anticipation, Labor Day finds me reflecting on how the season was spent. 

I will remember the Summer of ’09 fondly.  My family and I had a blast attending two family reunions and my 20th high school reunion this season.  We spent the equivalent of 3 entire days in the car together, nearly 72 hours of driving, and had a blast doing so!  We traveled to 15 states in the last two months and created memories that will last a lifetime.  Snapshot moments of standing beneath the grandeur of Mt. Rushmore and sitting around numerous campfires and catching fireflies and visiting with loved ones line the mantle of my mind.  The smiles, laughter, and looks of pure, unbridled joy in my children’s faces as we crested that first hill on several roller coasters will linger for years to come.  Swimming in the lake, swimming in the pool, the symphony of crickets serenading us on late night strolls. Memories.  Remembering.  

Yesterday I participated in a collective act of remembrance, another highlight of the Summer of ‘o9, as our church family celebrated communion.  Luke 22:19 calls us to remember, to memorialize the sacrifice of our Savior, and in unique fashion, that is exactly what we did.  As we ate the bread and drank the juice, we reminded ourselves once again of the persecution and agony that Jesus endured for us.  We recalled the body and blood of our Savior that was freely given in our place to pay the price for our sins on a splintered and cruel cross, a sacrifice I’m certain we will never fully comprehend.  Each time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we are to do so in remembrance and gratitude.

As the unofficial end of summer plays out today, I’m remembering all the sunny days and moonlit nights June, July, and August represented this year, and all the blessings I enjoy because of the sacrifice of love my Savior made for me…for all of us!

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Vaporizing

Posted in Uncategorized on September 4, 2009 by Lee

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.   – James 4:14, KJV

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  – James 4:14, NIV

So here I am, sitting at my computer, a veteran journal writer for nearly 17 years, thinking it’s time to step it up and dive head first into the world of blogging.  I’ve done a weekly devotional blog for many years for our church, but decided it’s time to take it to the next level.  Then, as I’m sitting at the wordpress dashboard, taking those next steps to make this thing a reality, I’m confronted with the question of what to name my new blog?!   So, after asking myself some diagnostic questions about who I am and what the purpose of my blog would be, I decided to go with “Vaporizing.”  It reflects my outlook on life and the purpose for which I live.

We’re all in the process of vaporizing.  Not necessarily in the literal sense, like a scene out of a Sci-Fi movie, but in the sense that in the grand scheme of eternity, our time on earth is so brief.  None of us is promised tomorrow and we only have a limited amount of time to create and leave a legacy.  Legacy is a very important word to me.  And leaving the right kind of legacy as I go through this vaporization process is paramount! I want to be known as a man of God who made a difference in the lives of the people he touched before the “vaporizing” is complete.

As I said at the top of this post, I’ve been keeping a journal for right at 17 years now.  This journal chronicles my life and the lives of those closest to me.  My entire relationship with my wife is woven into its pages.  My children’s lives are etched in the ink on the paper.  Countless friends would find their names dotting the various entries.  But, there is one name that appears in every single entry, and that is God.  I recognize Him as the Author and Sustainer of my life and I give credit to Him for every day I live.  I close each entry in my journal by signing it, “In God’s Grace…” because that is the context in which I live.  Every moment, every step, every breath, every beat of my heart is permitted to me by Him and I am alive at all only because of His grace.  And I am extended eternal life when my earthly vaporization is complete only by the same means.

We’re all in the process of vaporizing, and mine has been an amazing journey so far!  I look forward to sharing more about it in the days ahead.