What we leave behind


A few years ago, Ruth and I went to Michigan to visit my aunt and uncle and to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. It was a great time to catch up with cousins and other family that I had not seen in more than 30 years and after the end of the week, it was as if the time gap disappeared.

I bring this up because just a few short years later we had to travel to Michigan again to attend my aunts funeral. Time spent with them allowed us to celebrate my aunts life and learn things about her that we did not know before. She had a great  impact on her family and many of those in her small community.

As my life continues, I begin to understand that, like a boat, I leave a wake behind me. And like that boat, the wake can be great and crashing, or it can be a gentle lapping.

In his famous psalm, king David said that “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”.  I wonder if I am leaving that behind me or is it pain and destruction? Regardless of what other might say, how I live my life matters!


(for any interested, I took this photo from a pontoon boat during our trip to Michigan. What a great day on the lake!)


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