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Topic: Reading (01/25/07)
- TITLE: I Was There
By David F. Palmieri Sr.
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The wind whipped across my face with a fury I will never forget. My hands and feet were beginning to get numb as I stood overlooking the valley below. I was riveted to that spot staring at the beautiful view. The city lights, radiant through the blowing snow, hypnotized me. They reminded me of the train display that grand-pa used to set up at Christmas when I was a child. I would stare at it for hours.
People, barely visible from this position, were scurrying about performing their duties. Then through the moaning wind I heard it; the tolling of the church bells from a far distant steeple. I abruptly snapped out of my trance realizing that it was God who painted this beautiful scene before me. I thought of how Jesus Christ was born amongst us under conditions similar to tonight. I remembered that He is the reason we celebrate this time of year. I am reminded of how much God loved the world and that He sent His Son to suffer, die, and rise again, to pay for our sins and redeem us.
Suddenly the cold and wind were the furthest things from my mind. Thoughts of scripture flooded my soul. “For God so loved the world, believe with thy heart and confess with thy mouth, believe and be baptized, and you shall be saved.” I immediately stopped to pray. Thanking the Lord for the beautiful sight before me. Grateful for the childhood memories He brought to my mind, I smiled within. Praising Him for the Great Salvation He provided for me through His Son Jesus. Nothing could equal the joy I felt, except that moment when I see my Savior face to face.
I suddenly awoke with the help of my black Lab, Sam, licking my toes. It was time to take him out before bed. I placed the book I’d been reading, before dozing off, on the table beside my recliner. Sam and I headed outside. I smiled remembering, with great pleasure, the journey from which I had just returned. It’s marvelous were you can visit in the pages of a book.
Scripture Quotes from K.J.V.
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