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Topic: Hide and Seek (08/07/08)
TITLE: A wonderful and cruel game
By Preacher Johnson
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Our wonderful and cruel game of hide and seek is over and our playground will soon be no more.
Oh the blessings of this wonderful game! Three days after the fire, prying open a melted freezer, we found the top of our youngest daughter’s wedding cake, still frozen.
Under the charred and melted remains, of what used to be a closet, came the discovery of our oldest daughter’s wedding dress, only in need of cleaning.
As in hide and seek, the wonder of the search is in the things we find. Every day for two weeks we come to the old homestead, looking, lifting, shifting, searching, finding. A box of baseball cards, a child’s dress, a high school yearbook, baby quilts, all buried in the ashes, all wonderful finds.
However, sometimes in hide and seek, “it” will lose; this is the cruelty of the game. Wedding rings soon to be under the massive weight of the dozer, a teddy bear from my youth now only ashes of the heap. Volumes upon volumes of words, great words of faith, Spurgeon, Moody, Whitefield, Edwards, Finney, gone, taken by the fury of the fire.
Hide and seek is only played in this rubble to find material things. The memories, the spirit of the family, these items were never lost, no need to seek the ashes for these things. The memories of holiday meals, laughter, arguments, kisses, hugs, prayers, and dreams, none of these lost, coming as naturally as before.
Soon there will be an open piece of ground where our house stood. We searched and found all we could but our home is always in our hearts, never needing to be searched for.
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