Our Next Great Adventure

IMG_2801Fifty years ago, Brenda, Alice, Alan, Larry and I were all in high school together. As a wonderful gift from God, four of the five of us, with our spouses, now all live in the GR area and take turns sponsoring dinner parties on a regular basis.DSC00313Not long ago, Alice and her husband Bob came from Minneapolis (where Alice is still teaching at U. Minnesota) to join us for one of our dinner parties. What a treat! Alice’s father was the superintendent of our schools, and Alice spent her senior year in Europe as an American Field Service exchange student, so she never actually graduated with us and teases about being a high school dropout (although she went straight into university training on her return). Spending this time with Bob and Alice was really precious, and I hope they come again!DSC00317Our dinner parties are always a royal treat, so if any of you are from Soo High and see this…let me know next time you’re planning to come to GR, and we’ll try to add you to one of our parties!  🙂IMG_2799Alice shared one touching story that I asked permission to share with you. She was deeply attached to her grandfather, and although she didn’t think he was even ill before she left, her grandfather died while she was abroad for her senior year. Her parents thought she’d be heartbroken and really worried about the effect her grandpa’s death would have on her, but she said she didn’t grieve too deeply because her grandfather had prepared her. Before they parted, her grandfather had taken her to visit their cemetery and told her that someday his body would be buried there, but that everything would be okay, because he’d be off on his next great adventure!IMG_2800I just love that! How about you and me? Are we ready for our next great adventure? It could happen any time. The night before our dinner party, one of our other classmates lost her husband very unexpectedly. We’re getting to be “that age.” Are you fearful of “crossing the bar,” or are you looking forward to your next great adventure?

 “While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe” (Mark 5:35-37).

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).

“Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me”
by Edward Hopper, 1818-1888

“Jesus, Savior, pilot me
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treacherous shoal.
Chart and compass come from Thee:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

“As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will
When Thou say’st to them, ‘Be still!’
Wondrous Sovereign of the sea,
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

“When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar
‘Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me,
‘Fear not, I will pilot thee’.”

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