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Stopping by the Surgical Center

I stopped by the Surgical Center recently to pay a visit to a long-time friend who was recovering from surgery.  We met in our 20s, when we were both newly graduated, newly employed, newlywed, newly Dad.  Our paths crossed many times through the years. We talked often, shared a meal occasionally, prayed together frequently, even reminisced from time to time, using one of God’s greatest gifts, the gift of memory.  Many of our conversations began with, “Remember when . . .” Glad we’ve lived long enough to need surgeons, prescriptions, lab technicians, therapist, etc.   A lot of our mutual friends have moved on to their eternal reward, perhaps even thinking that we didn’t make it.  We will join them soon enough.   We’ve checked all the boxes, and turned the future over to Jesus.  As soon as our houses –  “not make with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1), are completed, we will be ready to move in. We’ll move our membership to the Church Eternal, where once again, we’ll know all the songs. Meanwhile, we’ll just keep sharing memories, even if we have to meet at a Surgical Center to do so.


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