Thursday, September 17, 2009
Back to the Future, gratefully
Our little collection of photos are precious instruments to prove I am on a journey of learning and relationship and experience. The visual stimulus gives me an momentary connection to the person I was when the picture was taken. This was less than ten years from the previous picture, and I have packed so much into the high school and college experience.
This warm day in May was our College graduation in 1972. Everyone in this picture is gone save Sarah on the right. My mom and dad we so proud their son had a degree. Alex and Sarah were the pride of their hardworking german immigrant parents. Alex's Dad worked on the Skyline of Ft. Lauderdale in contruction while Gwen took care of premies at the local Hospital. Alex would only have five more years before a birth defect took him out of this world. The first time I drove down to stay with the Beck's at Spring break I developed the most intense crush on Sarah. I loved the Beck's, everyone of them.
This is why I believe God is the God of the ages, these precious people exist in the mind and heart of God, their souls resting in His presence until the restoration of all those things. This is why I occasionally flip through my photo library, not a maudlin sentimentalism, but a brief refreshment, a reminder to be grateful for every joyful day, every thought that brings personal growth, every day I awake to His fresh mercies. Preserve your families story, share it when you can, its all good.