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This is NOT a Drill!

 
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Post This is NOT a Drill! Cojak
Most everyone here knows I left the ministry and re-enlisted in the Military and retired. With time in the USMC, USAF & USN I heard Ships announcements, "This is a Drill, Fire in the #1 Engine room, All hands man their damage control, stations." etc. as common place. Once in the North Atlantic we were taking on Explosives, including nuck's. The ship heard the announcement, "THIS IS NOT A DRILL, COLISION, COLLISION Including BROKEN ARROW, PORT SIDE, man your GQ stations." with two ships underway in rough seas one of the skippers had failed to make a correction and we were steel to steel. Our Carrier's elevators wiped out the bridge of the supply ship. And were dangerously near the nuclear weapons. I saw the huge elevators within 5 feet of the nucks. The ships finally pulled apart, leaving the supply ship to limp into port in England.
WE Christians have heard stories and know of Brothers and sisters who have come close to losing a mate, but all turned out well.

We have had a very sad situation here on Acts lately. Bro. Bob lost his wife. Bob has been thru a lot over the past few years. "many times he thought death would come I am sure, but it was just a DRILL." This last time the Lord said "This is not a Drill I am taking her."

This hurts us all here, we feel for Bro Bob. I told him I could not imagine the pain. Sherry and I have been married over 62 years. We are not ignorant of life. At best we have 10 years, most likely 5 years going by averages. Until we will know, "This is not a drill, one of us will be called home."
At 40, 50 even 70 I never thought of that. BUT now in our 80s we both know one of us will feel the pain of Bro. Bob and many of our friends. Men like Bob have told me, you think you are ready for it, BUT you are not."

Let's hold our brother up in prayer, knowing that one day it will be us! I could never envision enjoying men and women as I do you guys over a 'social media'. We have shared a lot and I have learned so much from you. I cannot imagine this as real, I can remember the only social media being a radio with which you could not interact. Life is good and Life is STRANGE to an old man, it is hard to keep up!
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Good post, as always. Hon. Dr. in Acts-celeratology
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Post Nature Boy Florida
Agree Cojak.

Nicely said.
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Post Bro Bob
I have a good friend who is an atheist. He did not attend his wife's funeral. He won't talk about it.

I am less than a month into this, and I saw it coming, was as prepared as I could be. She was ready. The death itself could not have been more peaceful.

But my mind won't stop trying to figure out what more we could have done. Early this morning I dreamed of her, and she was alive again, and here. Someone at UAB had found the problem and she was fine and home again. "But did they exhume your body from its grave?" And with that she did not respond and faded as I awoke.

Cojak, I said all that to say this: As well as He can, He has prepared us all for what is coming to us all. With me, and Gina, He could not have been more graceful and merciful and still take her.

I don't know how a committed atheist can possibly deal with this. I am so blessed by so many old friends who knew her, and can't get me off their mind. It is because they knew I had a jewel. A Proverbs 31 gem. They hurt for me. And they fear finding themselves in this place one day.

All I can say is what my daughter told me yesterday, "Dad, even if you live another 30 years, this is not the end. You will see her again, and hold her so tight."

edit to add: I look around at the people in my life, so many of which have gone through so much worse and I am ashamed that my grief is so deep and seems to be as the 2nd stanza in Tom Sterben's song (Wait on the Lord) says,

What I thought wouldn't last, has become my forever
I see no other chance, I've accepted the never


The Lord has blessed and kept me all my life. My only peace at this time comes from knowing that, and having faith that He always will.
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Post Cojak
Bro Bob wrote:
I have a good friend who is an atheist. He did not attend his wife's funeral. He won't talk about it.

I am less than a month into this, and I saw it coming, was as prepared as I could be. She was ready. The death itself could not have been more peaceful.

But my mind won't stop trying to figure out what more we could have done. Early this morning I dreamed of her, and she was alive again, and here. Someone at UAB had found the problem and she was fine and home again. "But did they exhume your body from its grave?" And with that she did not respond and faded as I awoke.

Cojak, I said all that to say this: As well as He can, He has prepared us all for what is coming to us all. With me, and Gina, He could not have been more graceful and merciful and still take her.

I don't know how a committed atheist can possibly deal with this. I am so blessed by so many old friends who knew her, and can't get me off their mind. It is because they knew I had a jewel. A Proverbs 31 gem. They hurt for me. And they fear finding themselves in this place one day.

All I can say is what my daughter told me yesterday, "Dad, even if you live another 30 years, this is not the end. You will see her again, and hold her so tight."

edit to add: I look around at the people in my life, so many of which have gone through so much worse and I am ashamed that my grief is so deep and seems to be as the 2nd stanza in Tom Sterben's song (Wait on the Lord) says,

What I thought wouldn't last, has become my forever
I see no other chance, I've accepted the never


The Lord has blessed and kept me all my life. My only peace at this time comes from knowing that, and having faith that He always will.


WOW my brother, what a comment. I love the song quote, but BUT, as I read this I could just hear your daughter tell you: ".... You will see her again, and hold her so tight."

Cool and very sweet!
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