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9/11/2011

There are many different ways I could write a blog post on Sept 11, 2011.

I could write about the place where I was when I first saw the image of the twin towers collapsing.

I could write about the great tragedy and pain that so many have experienced and the stories I’ve heard today about people standing up amongst the pain.

I could write about what’s it’s been like to become adult in the last ten years as our nation has faced such a significant event.

But, strangely enough, all I can think about right now is one thing; Heaven.

Currently, two very close family members of mine, my grandma and my mom’s uncle, are at a place in their life when I don’t know how many more moments I will be able to share with them.  This week I’ve been attached to my phone, waiting to hear updates, crying with my mom, praying for God’s will in an event where you’re not even sure what you hope that ‘will’ will look like.

Then I watch montages of 9/11 and see the pain in these faces knowing the hurt they’ve so closely walked through.

All these moments, indirectly experiencing through hearing 9/11 stories and directly experiencing through seeing people you love get older brings me to the same conclusion…we live in a broken world. There is so much pain, so much sorrow….but the only way I can live is knowing that this world is not my home. My hope is rooted in the fact that at times this life, is just going to flat out suck. There will be pain, so much more pain, but its nothing compared to the eternity that we have in store for us.

I think of hope as both a comfort and a confidence. Trusting that there is a wonderful, specific plan in mind for me. Knowing God will be faithful through both the good and the bad moments in this world, and in my own little life.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God Himself will be with them to be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away’ (Revelation 21:3-4).

Spoiler alert, that’s the end of the book. We know how its going to turn out and one day I get to be in that place where everything is new. I long for heaven in so many ways. But one of the biggest sources of joy for me is being reunited with the ones that I love so much that are already there living out the adventures.

I can’t wait to see what things my dad has been building up there, to visit my Grandma and meet some of her friends, to get to know my Grandpa.  Ahh….its just going to be the best. 

And, maybe that’s anti-spiritual of me, but I think it’s ok because the joy and longing that I have for seeing others in heaven, and even the love that I have for people on this earth-flows directly out of the love that I have for God.

I can’t wait to see the beauty that blows our minds. I can’t wait to give the best hugs that are possible. I can’t wait til the pain and sorrows of this world are no more.

It’s going to be a great day.

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mmm pie

It’s not a secret. I love pie. I think it is one of the best inventions on this earth. Living in the great city of Chicago, in one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago, I spend my fair share of time at the Green City Market during the summer. Pretty much think of a farmers market on Ritalin and that is Green City Market. All of the healthiest foods in Chicago brought to my backyard, excluding one non healthy item that frequents Green City quite often….Hoosier Mama Pies. Another word for these pies would be gold in food form. Incredible and hands down the best ‘sweet’ food I’ve ever tried. My favorite, who I only cheat on if it’s not available, is the sugar cream pie. Essentially eating this pie makes you think there are no problems in this world that pie can’t fix. It is so good.

The other day I came home for lunch and turned on the TV for background noise and the fav food critic Rachel Ray was bouncing around Chicago. She made her way over to Hoosier Mama Pies(http://www.hoosiermamapie.com/) and loved them almost as much as I do. I cannot tell you the joy I felt after Rachel Ray validated my favorite dessert ever. I felt finally heard! She was encouraging all listeners of Rachel Ray to get over to Chicago as fast as possible to try out these insane pies.

And then I had the strangest thought ever…get used to it the things I say and the thoughts I have…so wierd!

We are celebrity endorsed the same way Rachel Ray(and myself) endorse Sugar Cream Pies. God likes us and talks about us, the same way I talk about these pies. I know, it’s a little out there, but go with me for a minute.

God could have created anything to represent his identity. Yet he was quite pleased with his creation, satisfied with our existence. We are what he wanted. And then he said it was good. We have God’s full approval. We are ‘celebrity’ endorsed.

How often do we fall into this thought they we are anything other than the perfection God created. How often do we live as how we are not intended to be. How often do we live not ‘endorsed’.

Its time to delight our maker. To live fully endorsed as his creation.

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