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01 November 2008

Through the Color
Contemporary Art Palette Knife Horse Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

18 x 27 inches Oil on Canvas
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Good morning! Today is a travel dad to go up to see Dad at the VA Home. I am going with Stacey, my daughter and we are joining several other family members for a small birthday party for dad. My birthday is Wednesday and his is Thursday. I know Mom, Bill and I will go up again on Thursday, but on the weekend is the only time family can come.

Bill stopped by yesterday to drop off a picture of David and Jamie, his eldest son and wife. I needed them for the giganto poster 30 x 44 inches I made dad of family pictures. He can hang it in his room.

Bill and I visited before he left; both of us examined our feelings and fears for Dad so far away yet knowing he is in the best care there that can be found. We talked about growing old and sometimes it seems so depressing watching the ones we love begin to fray at the edges. I wanted to crawl into a hole and stay there awhile. I won't say what he wanted to do.

Now days folks live up in their eighties and early nineties. Modern medicine does so much to keep us going. Much of what our bodies endure would have brought on death fifty years ago. So what is life after sixty? (I am mid-fifties...Bill is knocking on sixty.) What is left for us to do?

From the instant of conception, God knew you and formed you in your mother's womb. God had already determined the time and place for you to live here on earth. You are predestined to accomplish things for the good and for God in your lifetime. Paths are set ahead of you right now. The key is walking them living the life with God centered in our lives, asking Him what we can do in this day to serve. Our earthly existence can have a positive effect on so many people through the falling domino theory or the passing of the spark of light. It only takes one good deed to multiply out to thousands. God will accomplish His agenda despite what human decisions we make and despite our neglect to consult Him or listen for His direction. He knows the plans He has for us, but will not force them on us. Our destiny remains a hope until we allow the eyes of our hearts to be open and enlightened and we choose to accept it.

So I say to each of you, no matter what your age, ask Him this morning how you can serve. Life begins at this moment, so live it, share it, and give thanks to God.


“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,” Ephesians 1:18

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