Sunday, March 02, 2014

The Smell

There are still moments 20 months after Dad G's death when a memory catches up with us....

Or we think of something we know he'd love to hear.....

Or we have an adventure or mishap he'd love to laugh about....

Or longing for one last conversation takes our breath away.

Mom G gave Michael a sack full of Dad G's ties while we were in OR forBreZaak's wedding. Dad G was of the WW2 generation. These men dressed well when they went to church, or took their wives out for dinner, or attended a business meeting, or flew on a get the idea.  Michael asked if he could have some of Dad G's ties.

I was unpacking and opened the took my breath away. A whiff....I buried my face in the ties and breathed deeply...the smell of Dad G and Crescent City overwhelmed my senses. I remembered. I thanked God for legacy that can't be purchased or lost.


I closed the bag up tight, sealed it and put it on Michael's side of the bed. I wanted him to have "the moment."  I walked in later and he had done the same thing...gotten one whiff and then inhaled deeply of the last scent of Dad.

It was a precious gift. I want to live so I leave this sort of legacy for my children.

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...


....Abba! Father! All things are possible for you; remove this cup from me; yet  not what I will, but what you will. Mark 14:36
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Observe Jesus:

  • He affirms God's power and sovereignty
  • He clearly states his desire
  • He surrenders to the Father's will
As a follower of Jesus I must learn to respond to trials and sufferings in the same way. He is sovereign, I can share my desires, I surrender to His will. Surrender is often painful! 

When God requires me to walk through suffering, I can rest in the knowledge there will be good from it. He will redeem it. God's perspective is bigger than mine. 

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...