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Living today and making memories for tomorrow

                                                              
                                                                           April 24, 2019

Dear Friends,

I remember it like it was yesterday. He was so excited. My
friend, Greg, had just returned from the Boston Red Sox
fantasy camp. He gave me blow by blow details of how he
managed to pull something by diving for a ball hit by one
of his heroes. He said the best part was sitting around with
a couple of the retired players at day's end just talking
about their playing days.

As I made my way up to Fenway Park this week, I couldn't
help but have the feeling that Greg was with me. He loved
the Red Sox as much as I love the Detroit Tigers. So when
another friend gave me a ticket to go see the game between
the two teams, I grabbed it and headed to Bean Town.

It turned out to be a double header. As the first game got
underway I noticed an empty seat next to me. It happened
again in game two. I don't think it was a coincidence. As
the day progressed I felt Greg was with me. Although the
Tigers took both games, I could hear him reminding me
that they have four world championships since the Tigers
last tasted the champagne.

Greg's been gone almost six years now. He died much too
young in a freak swimming accident. Yet, he lives on
through the ripple effect of time. He comes to mind
whenever I need to talk to someone about life and ministry.
He and I used to sit on my front porch and talk about the
challenges we had in our active churches. Inevitably, we'd
slip into talk about sports or music or our families.

We all have those people who have touched our lives in
deep and meaningful ways. When death rips them away
from us a void is left behind that is not easily filled. I
believe that's where God's grace comes in. We have been
given the gift of memory. At the time of death it can seem
like a curse because everything reminds us of what we've
lost.

I don't want to trivialize this but I've found that our
memories come back to us as blessings in time. Certain
places, smells, sounds and words can bring a person
back to life in our mind's eye. The old conversations,
the time spent together may make our hearts ache at
first. Soon that ache is replaced with the joy of
reconnecting with our friends and loved ones.

The key to unlocking these good memories is to begin
making them today. The Psalmist says that if you make
the most of our days now, you will be blessed later. So
don't procrastinate. Tell your family and friends you
love them. Invest time in your relationships. Sit and
enjoy each other's company. In doing so you'll build
a bridge to a happy future.

Easter assures us that there will be a resurrection day
for all of us who believe. Our faith says that we will see
our loved ones again. But in the meantime, go out and
make some memories. Fill the loving cup until it pours
over. Who knows? You just might get to spend a
wonderful afternoon watching baseball with an old
friend, even if it's only in your mind.

God bless. See you in church.  
Cal
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