Relationships are formed and succeed or fail for many reasons. Those reasons are as varied as the wants and needs of those involved. Relationships can be as complicated as those in them allow them to be. One commitment should be uppermost in all relationships…”We vow to agree to disagree.” A thought over coffee.
Down an old and dusty road,
From many years ago.
Memories are stirring,
Stories to be told.
Home fires would be glowing,
In the farm house on the right.
Faces watching at the window,
For their Dad to come in sight.
Supper on the table,
Fireplace burning bright.
Together for the evening,
Before we say goodnight.
A tear reflects the memories,
From many years ago.
I often think about them,
Down an old and dusty road.
Copyright © 2011 LeRoy Dean all Rights Reserved
A Christian’s death is like going to sleep…then waking up in your heavenly Father’s arms. There is no need to fear the earthly end…for it is the beginning of forever with God. For a Christian to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
Midnight hour at least two past
One hour more the same as the last
Chill setting in no warmth to be found
Light can’t be seen as darkness abounds
Whirling and swirling in memories past
Can’t know how long the visions will last
Hopelessly wandering looking for peace
Perhaps only morning will give me relief
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When I hear the conversations about how rough this winter has been, I think, we’ve seen worse. Then, I have to pause and remember that so many of those in the conversations were not here for those winters I remember.
Each one experiences events and moments for themselves. The validation comes in the experience. That explains why an older generation can’t convey their thoughts to a younger generation if those thoughts involve experience.
No matter how much one hears about a depression or a world war, the impact doesn’t register without the experience. No matter how much one hears about suffering, hunger and death, the reality remains abstract unless you were there to experience it.
For each one of us, our realities can only be shared; not in the hope for understanding, but for appreciation. We all live in this life on the same planet, but in our experiences, we are unique, one from the other. The best we can do without walking in another’s shoes is to appreciate their experience.
Throughout life, you meet people; you make friends; for a life walked alone can be a lonely life. When most of the road is behind you, it’s in looking back that you realize those lifelong friends who were always there…who had your back through it all. It is then that you realize how blessed you are.
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“Greater love has no one than this…
than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
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John 15:13 (New King James Version)
A poet can put an image with a verse, or let the readers form their own. The poet’s words are like a brush in the artist’s hands, painting a picture for all to see.
The writer creates through words, a story with fictional characters. Each reader will provide faces to each character as they read, even giving the character a voice.
We form pictures in our minds. We have a need to put faces to names. When we hear a voice on the phone or radio, we subconsciously create a face for the voice. Given a blank in a sentence, we will fill it in, each one with our own idea.
We do not like blanks. We do not like the lack of a visual or an incomplete thought. We need to know. We need to see. No need to wonder why we have so much trouble with a concept called “Faith.”