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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Perfect Shadow

It's not often that we see the chance to snap a picture of that "perfect" shadow shot.  

This week took us to Miami, Florida.  It wasn't a trip for pleasure, but one to visit a life long friend Mike.  We met Mike when we were stationed in Germany in the 1970's.  So many amazing memories.  How scared he looked when I handed him our new born daughter, well she was tiny at 6 pounds and only 18 inches long, and he was a 19 year old army guy.  Many evenings sitting around with his guitar and singing the "newest" praise songs, mostly scripture put to music.  
Hosting his brides parents when he and Kathy got married.  Making their wedding cake.  

Then through the tough times...which is the proof of a true friend, staying by their side when they make mistakes, which we all do.

This trip will proabably be the last time we get to see him this side of eternity.  He is coming to the end of a battle with cancer.  

We sat in his hospital room and visited when he was awake, which was often because of the amount of pain he is suffering with.  Talked through great times and favorite memories and regrets.  All the things we wish we had done or had not done.  Talking through options, do I keep fighting or just go home.

Our life is like a shadow.  Solid and then things change, and then it's gone...

Knowing we have a hope of eternity, because of grace, we celebrate the time we have know him on this earth.  

Sometimes when we believe in 
Christ and eternity
we are ridiculed for our beliefs.
It's just a crutch some say.
OK, even if it is
It is my belief,
it is my hope
of something better to come.
No more pain.
No more hearing of children being shot that night.
No broken relationships.
I am not perfect, 
NO one on this earth is;
BUT there is one
who IS.
He laid down his life 
for me,
for you,
if we just believe.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.  Psalm 62:5
Blessings, Debbie
Linking today with Shadow Shot
Spiritual Sunday


Gemma Wiseman said...

The palm casts a finely detailed shadow. A beautiful clone of life.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Wonderful post, Deborah. Thanks so much for visiting me today!
May your friend be out of pain soon, and on the other side. Supposed to be way better than here! :) Glad to know he knows where he is going.

Love the shadow shot!

bj said...

Bless his heart....and bless yours.
xoxo bj

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Beautiful...the photo and the story. We too have a friend who has been told he has limited time. We too believe there is a better place we are headed to.
Thanks for sharing (())

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Sorry to hear about your friend - tough times
I visited your murals - you do beautiful work! Thanks for visiting Pandora's Box - I wish you had a MC traveling Tore, too as I see you have been to some wonderful places (Santorini is on my list). Have a great day!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Right place, right time---great shot!

Shadowy Blossoms

bettyl-NZ said...

What a cool shadow. I like both shots. Such sad, but true, words. We are only here for a short time but eternity with God is something to look forward to.