Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

October 6, 2014

Memories with a Friend

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

We knocked on the door.  In a moment a 90-year-old gentleman opened the door!  We recognized one another!  It had been 53 years!  What a moment!

But I am getting ahead of myself.  Let me give you some background of this reunion. My wife, the gifted researcher, was seeking some information on a pioneer family.  We visited a museum in hopes that they might have some pictures of the family.

Here in the museum was a room named for a couple that had been generous benefactors.  It was the family we were seeking!  We discovered that the husband was still living and, in fact, had just left the museum a short time before we arrived.

There was excitement!  We had known this couple in 1961.  Here is more of the story.  I had come to Florida with my parents . . . the result was my staying in Florida . . . and serving a church as the interim pastor.  (Why don’t you read the story for yourself.  Check this blog to see  why I stayed in Florida and how I came to know this gentleman.  http://www.lawsonjolly.com/2013/12/03.)

The church where I would serve as interim for several months was the church where I was to meet this gentleman, his wife, and two teenagers.  They were there from the  beginning when Judy and I began to date.  (Another interesting blog that explains:  Read the latter part of the blog.  http://www.lawsonjolly.com/2012/06/19)  Thus, this gentleman knew our lives together from the beginning.  Yes, we have history with him!

The director of the museum suggested we go visit with him, and gave us directions.  We drove far back into the interior of the family land.  Now we walk to the door and knock!

And as I had stated, he opened the door . . . we were both surprised!  Of course, we had a wonderful visit.  And what was the conversation?  It was memories of the past!  Remembering the days of the church . . . so many names of various people were mentioned and we would recall them with gratitude and appreciation.  We so enjoyed reminiscing of those bygone years!

There is never enough time to enjoy such memories when you have made history together . . . the history may be for only a few days . . . or for a few months as was ours.  I was so reminded that so many people have touched my life, even when it was only a brief encounter.  And, oh, the joy of being able to spend some time with them!

Our time passed so quickly.  We had to leave.  But I believe the most precious moment was our leaving.  He and I held hands, and I said, “Charlie, we may never see one another again in this world . . . but, there is a day coming when we will have all the time we desire.”

He responded, “See you there for the grand reunion!”

It is so wonderful to have the confidence that the end of this life does not separate us permanently, but will provide an eternal connection!  I have such a confidence . . .  and what he has exhibited through his life, I know he will be there also!

Of course, all of us can be there if we have prepared.  Hopefully, you have!  We will need to spend some time together!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)

Lawson

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1 Comment »

  1. What a wonderful sharing. So glad yall had this time together. Carole and I love you very much.

    Comment by Frank Croft — October 6, 2014 @ 9:24 am | Reply


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