Looking Back to Look Forward

Ten years ago on Father's Day 2008 she gave this shadow box to Bro. JD with fishing lures from his grandfather, the newspaper clipping about that grandfather, and a note from her. The note talked about how JD has a motorcycle but isn't a biker, has a black belt but isn't a fighter, writes all the time but isn't a published writer, has tools but isn't a mechanic or carpenter, and has fishing gear but isn't a fisherman. Instead, she said, he is a fisher of men. His pleasing personality is the lure I'm certain. She then recounted Paul's words in 1 Corinthians to illustrate JD through her eyes. 1 Corinthians: 9:20-23 "To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law - though I myself am not under the law - to win those under the law. To those who are without the law, like one without the law - though I am not without God's law but under the law of Christ - to win those without the law. To the weak, I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some. Now I do all this because of the gospel, so that I may share in the blessings."

In Memory of Pam…

I also remember meeting Wade’s mom, Pam, for the first time. I was so incredibly nervous. My friend, Kim, and I had been discussing in detail how nervous she was to meet her boyfriend’s mom, and it had rubbed off on me. In fact, my good friend, Chasity, did not attend my school. In order to “pass notes” back and forth to each other - this was before texting….yes, I’m realizing I’m THAT old - we kept shared journals. We would each write about things that had gone on during the week, exchange journals, comment, and write back. It was our own antiquated version of Facebook Messenger 😉 It was in that journal to Chasity I had written about meeting Pam for the first time.