When Peace, Like a River…

Jerry & Luke

Luke is pictured here with Jerry Schneider, both promoted to glory before we would like, but all in God’s good timing.

This article is actually from April 9, 2016. I forgot to post it back then.

So this is how memories work:

When I checked the weather report for Saturday and found out that it’s going to snow all day, it reminded me that it snowed in April in 1996. This was a big deal to my children at 3.5 years and 23 months, and yet it wasn’t enough to make snowmen outside. So we made pictures that day with cotton balls. I found Luke’s picture in his memory box, and I checked the back of the page – April 9, 1996 – exactly 20 years ago. Luke died 5 days later. That’s how memories work.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When an 86-year-old gentleman died later that same year, a 5-year-old boy said, “I can just imagine little Luke showing Mr Armstrong around heaven, introducing him to Peter, Paul, and Abraham, since he got there first!” (something like that)

I was going through the box of “Luke Memories” in order to find that snowman picture last week. But then I couldn’t get the box to close again, because I had saved all the envelopes ‘way back then, and somehow now they didn’t fit. So I decided to cut off all the return addresses and save just them. I came across a lot of names I didn’t recognize, but some were possibly my parents’ coworkers as well as people in our supporting churches, or just lack of memory after 20 years. Many have died over the years, many have changed addresses multiple times. It was interesting to note that several people sent multiple cards over several months. The next project will be to try and match the addresses to the cards, and read them all while I’m at it!

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
2 Corinthians 4:7-10

Mostly I go through life without dwelling on it, like my husband does (you know, opposites attract and all that). But since this year is the 20th Anniversary, it has popped its little head up more than usual. Plus, I never used to be on facebook…

“Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world’s temptations,
Sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow,
Free from my doubts and fears;…”


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