Jenna Bush Hager lost both of her grandparents in less than a year’s time.
She wrote a beautiful tribute to her grandfather, and it resonated with me on on so many levels.
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This brought me such comfort this morning. I had the opportunity to talk with my grandpa about the afterlife. This is what he said: He answered without any hesitation. “Yes, I think about it. I used to be afraid. I used to be scared of dying. I used to worry about death. But now in some ways I look forward to it.” And I started crying. I managed to choke out, “Well, why? What do you look forward to?” And he said, “Well, when I die, I’m going to be reunited with these people that I’ve lost.” And I asked who he hoped to see. He replied, I hope I see Robin, and I hope I see my mom. I haven’t yet figured it out if it will be Robin as the three year old that she was, this kind of chubby, vivacious child or if she’ll come as a middle-aged woman, an older woman. And then he said, “I hope she’s the three-year-old.” Robin was the daughter this giant of a man lost years before to leukemia. The little girl he held tightly: who spoke the phrase I have heard Gampy repeat for my entire life, forever knitting Robin’s voice into the tightly woven fabric of our family: “I love you more than tongue can tell.”
I’m not an easy crier, but this does it for me. I lost my grandpa three months ago. We were pretty close. He was always actively around in my life, from the time I was a baby to the day I graduated college. He actually lived with me from the time I was 15 years old. He was there through difficult times and joyous times.
He had more patience than I ever thought humanly possible. I can say to this day that I NEVER saw him truly angry. He was the most humble, kind, gentle forgiving person. He was a rarity. There weren’t many people like him in the world. He was a simple man, but a good man, and I would give anything to tell him how much of a mark he left on my life and heart one last time. One last hug. It makes me sad to think that my future kids will never know him…on this Earth.
A few weeks before he passed away, I caught him talking about his mother (who passed away before I was even born) and one of his nephews, who passed away about 10 years ago. It seemed odd and random. He was suffering from the end stages of Parkinson’s, which can include hallucinations and delusions. I dismissed it as part of that, but looking back, I’m starting to wonder if he knew his time was coming. Perhaps he knew that he was going to be reunited with all of the people he lost after all these years.
Losing him really put a different perspective on death for me too. My grandpa was a saved man. I know where he is. Jesus took the sting out of death, and KNOWING that I’m going to see my grandpa again in PERFECT health and ULTIMATE glory actually makes me excited. This isn’t the end. It’s temporary. It seems George H.W. Bush understood that too.
My heart goes out to Jenna. I know how tough it is. Prayers to her entire family. <3
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Christian students around globe to gather, give atheist HUGE finger
Christian students around the world are participating in the faith-based annual “See You at the Pole” prayer rally Wednesday morning.
The movement that began in 1990 by a group of Texas students – and has been student-led ever since – has grown to an annual event that draws one million students across America and in more than 64 countries.
For King & Country singers Joel and Luke Smallbone promoted the prayer event in a video.
— Greg Wilson (@FCAgwilson) September 25, 2019
“This has always been something that has been close to me and my heart because I’ve been able to see the power of prayer and to be able to see when school students get together and surround that flag and be able to pray together, something real significant takes place,” Luke Smallbone said, adding that he participated as a kid.
Many students plan their meeting at the flag pole at 7 a.m. and circle up, holding hands in prayer. Some gatherings include worship, Bible reading, and sharing, but all focus on one thing: prayer.
“It’s not about making a statement,” this year’s promotion video says. “It’s about prayer.”
The theme for the event is a Bible verse from 2 Chronicles 7:14, according to CBN News: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
SYATP officials advise students, “You can legally gather for prayer before school, but it’s best to let the administration know ahead of time.”
The event is the highlight for the Global Week of Student Prayer Sept. 22-28.
— RCHS FCA (@RCHSFCA2) September 25, 2019
Politician Under ‘Hate Crime Investigation’ For Sharing Bible Verse
Times are getting scary, folks.
Via Fox News:
Police are investigating a Christian politician in Finland for an alleged “hate crime” because she shared a Bible verse on Facebook to criticize a national church that participated in LGBT Pride festivities.
In the post, congresswoman Päivi Räsänen, a Christian Democrat, criticized the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland for participating in the Helsinki LGBT Pride events in June. Her criticism was alongside a picture of Romans 1:24-27 that describes same-sex relationships as “shameful.”
Her post made Räsänen the subject of a pretrial investigation by the Finnish Police for a suspected incitement against sexual and gender minorities.
“The pre-trial investigations have not yet been completed. Police will provide more details once the investigations have been completed or presented to a prosecutor for consideration of charges,” the Helsinki Police Department officer in charge of the investigation told the Helsinki Times.
Finnish Christian Democratic member of parliament and former Minister of the Interior, Päivi Räsänen. (Facebook: Päivi Räsänen)
Räsänen, who is a member of and is married to a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ELCF), came under fire for her June Facebook post: “How can the church’s doctrinal foundation, the Bible, be compatible with the lifting up of shame and sin as a subject of pride? #LGBT #HelsinkiPride2019.”
Kirkko, jonka jäsen olen, on ilmoittanut olevansa SETA:n Helsinki Pride 2019 virallinen kumppani. Miten kirkon…
The vast majority, 69 percent, of Finns are members of the ELCF, which has had a steady decline over the last few years, according to Evangelical Focus.
In mid-August, the Finnish politician tweeted: “I am not concerned on my part, as I trust this will not move on to the prosecutor. However, I am concerned if quoting the Bible is considered even ‘slightly’ illegal. I hope this won’t lead to self-censorship among Christians. Rom. 1:24–27.”
Räsänen’s minority party holds five seats in the 200-seat Finnish Parliament. She is known for her defense of traditional Christian views on abortion and marriage, but after being called “homophobic,” the politician tweeted: “It is not right to label Christian conviction as phobia.”
She is one of three politicians in the nation under pretrial investigation right now, joining Social Democrat Hussein Al-Taee and Finns Party Juha Mäenpää, who are suspected of incitement due to racist comments.
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