I'm thinking about this bench today. It's ready for someone to sit in it. It's ready to welcome a weary traveler to take a rest.
I took this photo on the weekend that our daughter was getting married. It just seems like yesterday. Now today, she's preparing to have her first child. She and her husband are ready to welcome that precious bundle of joy into their lives. Oh, how their lives are going to change! 😍
I think about this verse as I anxiously await our grandchild's arrival.
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Life constantly changes, but God is constant. His love never waivers. His promises never broken. He is always welcoming us to come and rest when we are weary.
We are ready to welcome you, little child of God, to brighten our days!
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Where were you?
It's good that we #neverforget what happened on 9/11. I still remember I was on my way to work at Gateway when I heard Ben Patty talking about the first reports of a plane hitting the first tower. I could hear the confusion and concern in their voices.
Once I arrived at work, I expected it to be a normal day. There was nothing normal about it. I worked in a call center for Gateway Technical Support. Usually, the days were filled with 60-100 calls about various computer issues. 9/11/2001 was not like any typical day.
By mid morning, management had wheeled out TV's for us to watch the news, because there were so few calls coming in. I think I took a total of 3 phone calls that day. The world had stopped for the rest of the country while we watched what seemed to be the world ending for those on the East Coast. Business was never the same for Gateway after that day. At least it seemed like it to me.
While it's good that we remember that day, it's more important to think about how it changed our country, All of the sacrifices from those who were trying to rescue the thousands trapped in the rubble at all the sites. All the medical and mental health workers that did their best to restore the broken back to some level of normal.
Remember that it brought our country closer in many ways. Don't forget that bond as generations change. Continue to love one another, forgive one another, listen to one another.
We are all in this together, so let's find the common ground, the 'ground zero' so to speak. Focus on the "one nation..." that binds us together as Americans. #WeAreOneNation
Justin Ehrman is a husband, father, author and singer/songwriter.