Friday, November 8, 2013

Who do you say that I am?

Matthew 16: 13 When Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his followers, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They answered, “Some say you are John the Baptist. Others say you are Elijah, and still others say you are Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 Then Jesus asked them, “And who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

         A friend whose wife will be having her 50th birthday celebration this week contacted me.  He has invited her friends to share why Kim has been a blessing to each of us.  I thought my comments were worthy of noting in Parakaleo this week.
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         Unbeknownst to Kim she has made a huge impact on me.  When we met almost 25 years ago, you two were a few years further into this “marriage thing.”  In fact God had already blessed you with little “Lukie.”
         Greg and I were in awe of the way you loved each other and loved little Luke.  We were thrilled Kim became pregnant with your second child and we with our first.
         During that time, our hearts broke as you were deployed to Operation Desert Storm.  We felt sadness for your family and pain for what we prayed would only be a temporary separation.  It was our desire to “help” you while you were serving us.
         Kim was an amazing young trooper.  As she continued to work on her higher education, hold down her position as a single mom and patiently await the arrival of your second child she reflected Christ is such a way that He was getting the glory.
         I remember specifically asking her if she felt like she was carrying too big of a burden.  In humble confidence she said something to the effect that she had understood what was being asked of her as you two pursued a career in the military and she was only doing her part. She said it was a daily trust that God was watching you as you served our country.
         We watched as Kim responded to every day circumstances with peace and a positive attitude.  Kim is hands down one of the most kind people I know.
         As our first was born I became acutely aware of how hard Kim was working as a single parent.  Then your baby Rebecca was born, with the help of another deployed husbands wife in the delivery room.  We loved having Lukie in the home with us while waiting to see Kim and Baby Becca.
         Kim was a beautiful picture of peace as she single parented the children until your return.  She never seemed ruffled or anxious or scared.  I am grateful I have these memories of your wife.
         Although we are not in contact regularly the legacy of what you lived continues to bless and guide my path as both a wife and a mom!

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         Moms, I wonder what people would say of us?  No we shouldn’t be looking for the approval of man based on our actions and responses to our circumstances.   One day we may be given a surprise party and letters may be written.  What will they say of you?

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