Where Is Your Sting?

Where Is Your Sting?

Friends and family... remember that when our Savior is involved, Life and Light always eclipse Death and Darkness.
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What a peculiar thing. Death.

It slithers in and draws out ones final breaths to strive for the life it desires but cannot have.

Death.

It is a revengeful darkness that extinguishes all glimmers of light.

Death.

It captures forever. It freezes its prey and slowly or suddenly drains out every last mL of life.

Death.

It snuffs out vivaciousness, sucks down joy, rips delight into shreds and shatters breath into uncountable particles.

Death.

The abrasion, the laceration it leaves on the human hearts that remain and must bear it’s heavy blow sears deep into the cellular makeup of the walls that chamber a myriad of monumental memories that are sent to play over and over repeatedly in the minds eye.

It seems so confusing, here one moment, utterly gone the next. Incomprehensible, to be frank.

And such it is. Not something easily understood, if ever understood. An enigma, a code not to be cracked. Of course, physically we see and can articulate how the human loses life and how the body malfunctions and shuts down. But our emotions and spirits can’t make non-physical sense of the disturbance that is -

Death.

I know one. One who lessened the blow, forever. One who silenced the deafening screams of departure, forever. One who overcame the snare that entangled him, the sins that weighed him down so, all the way to Sheol. I know the One who kicked death in the you-know-what and then snuffed out any chance of the separation winning again. Ever.

Death,

where is your sting? You’re power is as dead as my sin. You have lost. You are destitute and lonely. You are weak. You have lost each and every fiber of might.

Death,

You thought you’d win in the end? Truth always wins. Fear loses.

Life -

You have breathed upon the nostrils that were once malfunctioning and decaying. The lungs dilate with oxygen, being filled to the brim. You save, you rescue, you chase, you catch, you treasure, you LOVE. You, dear

Light,

Are the opposite in every manner from Dark. The Darkness trembles.

Life,

In our weakness, Your power is perfected. Grab us by Your strong, mighty & righteous right hand and lead us on.

Light -

Brilliantly shimmer and be a beacon of hope and love to those all around You that haven’t seen or known You personally. Reveal Yourself to Your people. For they SHALL be Your people, and You shall be their G O D .

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭ESV

Cover Image Credit: Hannah Peterson

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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After the massive fire that devastated large parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 850-year-old cathedral's spire fell. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation to share in the nation's sorrow but gave hope for the future. This includes the rebuilding of the cathedral together and making it more beautiful than ever. "The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched," Macron said.

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Among many others, Tyler Reid is saddened for Paris and the church. Although, she counts herself blessed to have seen it such a short time before it was destroyed. Reid, who was lucky enough to visit the amazing structure this past spring break, remarked:

My trip was filled with so many wonderful sites. Although, because Notre Dame carries the title of most-visited monument in Europe, my expectations were high. When I first walked up, there isn't one specific feeling I got; instead, it was more of a million thoughts running though my head. Once inside, looking at the massive stained glass windows combined with all the details in every crevice, it was hard for me to imagine people actually building this without the technology we have today. This hand crafted masterpiece really is so influential considering people still went there to worship, even after so much time has past and so many other cathedrals had been built. This proves how special the Notre Dame Cathedral really is. Due to my experience here, hearing about the fire hurt my heart, especially thinking about how some of the irreplaceable artworks and all of this history may be gone. This place truly influenced people, including me, and for it to be gone is a true tragedy.

Like Macron, Reid shares in the sorrow; although, for her, it was just from one visit. This proves the amazing impact the Notre Dame Cathedral had and hopefully will continue to have even after this devastation.

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