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Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)
TITLE: Eternal Moments
By Lisa Kurasz
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When I was younger, no correct measurement of time could be taken when I was faced with the fear of a gun pointed at me and the desire to flee. Or who could count the moments that passed as I waited to give birth to my precious son when his little heart was slowing down to a dangerous rate, or of the numbing fear that gripped me as I followed the grim faced nurse from the waiting room way too soon for my daughter to have been out of surgery. And the terrifying stoppage of time when discovering my little girl was missing from the tent, and the surreal feeling of it all. Or how reality blurred when finding a note that said my son was hurt and in the emergency room, and how time seemed to take forever from then to the moment I saw his banged and bruised body.
But the eternal moments in my life are not all frightening. Some are full of joy. Such as listening to my daughter, when she was seven, sing her first special for the church, which was a song that most adults would not tackle. Also, the first time another daughter, who has so many learning difficulties, read without any assistance. And that precious moment when I saw my son for the first time, after he returned home from war. My life is filled with these eternal moments which are forever marked in my heart.
Then there was the long drive to Florida, when stopping to stretch my legs in Valdosta, Georgia, I ultimately walked into a small book store, and for reasons I could not explain, I found myself faced with a pressing urgency to purchase the Bible that was on the table. This led me to the greatest moment of my life when I finally realized that I was a sinner and there was nothing more precious than being the Lords. It put everything in perspective for me, and even now, when things are hard or rough, I remember that any particular circumstance is but for a moment when weighed against the eternity I will have with my God.
True understanding of eternity comes from the moments that are faced in life, and not by the hands of a clock.
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