Time flies and they grow up all too soon. Here is the Grandcrew at Disney World 2008.
A year later, and they're already looking a little more grown up. This is Easter Sunday 2009.
Christmas 2015 and the children have been replaced by young adults. It only took 8 years to get from the top photo to here. Enjoy your children and grandchildren while they are young. They will become adults long before you're ready for the change.
My final images in my trip down memory lane are of the oldest grandchild. This image is from our family vacation to Disney World in 2003. She was 7.
She is now 20 and entering her junior year in college! Wow, where did the time go? She's going to be a teacher, and I believe she will be a very good one. She loves kids and they love her. I suspect that she will be that teacher her students will remember long into adulthood.
Continuing my journey down memory lane, this is the middle grand daughter in 2008. She is wearing her favorite sweatshirt. If it still fit, she would still be wearing it. She is now Sixteen and has blossomed into a very good dancer.
It's been a little too hot lately to get outside and take some photos, so I have been taking a trip down memory lane. This is they youngest grand daughter in 2009. She will be fifteen in November and she still has that mischievous sparkle in her eyes when she smiles.
I was cleaning out some of the files on my portable hard drive. That's where I store my images. I ran across this image of our grandson from 2009. I believe that was his first season of playing baseball, or T-ball in his case. The Big Guy was five when this was taken. He will be thirteen in September. Whenever I come across an image of the grand kids, when they were young, all I can say is Awww. Have a blessed day.
I have grown weary of seeing our flag at half-staff. I have tired of seeing ambulances, hearing sirens, and listening to detailed reports of yet another tragedy that has taken innocent lives far too soon. We can blame ideologies, weapons, abuse of power, or any number of things for such behavior, but the truth is, this is a heart issue. Slowly but surely our country has lost it's heart for life. We no longer respect life or consider it precious. If some people feel abused, bullied, or greatly offended by another person or group, that appears to be, to them, justification for taking the life of people they don't even know.
We have abandoned the Creator of life and determined that His teachings are not relevant to us and not worthy of passing to our children and the world around us. God's Word teaches us, "the LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being." (Genesis 2:7) Man did not create life and he has no authority to take life from another innocent human being.
We have become an angry nation. We are angry with the government, we are angry with terror, and we are angry with each other. Take heed of these words, "an ill-tempered man stirs up disputes, and a hotheaded man is the cause of many sins." (Proverbs 29:22). Behind each of the horrible acts that we have witnessed these past few weeks, you will find a furious human being.
The answer to our problems does not lie in the government. It does not lie in gun control, revised immigration regulations or any other unenforceable concept debated and made law. The answer lies in the heart. When we realize that we were created by a loving God, "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;" (Psalm 139:4), to live according to His will, then and only then will we find the peace that passes all understanding. Christ Himself said that He came so that we might experience the abundant life and He is the only way to have that experience. So what can you do? Pray! Pray that God's people with repent and return to Him. Pray that your family knows Christ as their personal Savior. Pray that your next door neighbor has a personal relationship with Christ and if not, pray that someone will share the Love of the Creator with them (that might be you). Pray for your local, state and federal government. Remember, God promised that, "He hears the prayer of the righteous." (Proverbs 15:29). Have a blessed day.