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December 3, 2009

December 30th, 1990 wasn’t a good day for a rebellious nineteen year old living in Nashville. It was a Sunday and the anniversary of my father’s death. He had died on December 30, 1980 after a three year struggle with ALS.

I always wondered why God would let a good man, a Gospel preacher who lived what he preached, suffer and die the way he did. That resentment shaped my life as a teen.

I didn’t go to worship on 12-30-90. In fact, I hadn’t been in several months. God wasn’t important to me then and whether I shouted it to the world or not, He and I both knew how I felt.

Not much comes to mind that day except for that evening I got a phone call from my mother. She was 38 and had for several years sought to cover her own misery with alcohol and poor decisions.

We talked and laughed that evening and both decided not to mention the historical importance of the date. Two hours after we said our good-byes and I love yous’, I got another phone call. This time from a family friend informing me that Mom had just been killed in a car accident.

Mom’s funeral was on January 1, 1991, exactly ten years to the day of Dad’s.

Now I am 38 and thankful to say that a lot has changed in the past 19 years.

I’ve thought about placing a cross beside the road where my mother died but haven’t and probably never will. I do think of her every time I pass one though and how life can change for the better even amid the worst. The sole factor is our attitude regarding God.

My article at Forthright.net talks about those crosses beside the road. I invite you to visit and read “It Could Be You”.

Isaiah 30:18, “Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.” (NASB)

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