Encouraging, Comforting, & Urging

The Family Reunion

The Family Reunion

The setting was an old wood-framed church house.
Built by a tree on the crest of a gently sloping hill.
Its wood siding all faded and weather-worn.
The brass church bell for years had been still.

He walked up the hill to the church house.
With each step, old long-past years reappeared.
Soon in his mind, he could hear the congregation singing.
Then down his cheeks streamed the warm, wet tears.

Once again, the old song leader was his Grandpa.
His young Mama on a pump organ played.
Packed on the third pew were his mischievous boy cousins.
Standing by the back door to the music his dear Daddy swayed.

And old remembrances flooded his being.
A grand family reunion was well underway.
Hearing again the stories of King Jesus,
He couldn’t hold the tears at bay.

Then he moved from the little wooden church house.
Walked down the hill on the path just ahead.
The music and memories slowly fading in the distance.
He arrived at a cemetery with the graves of his family long dead.

There will be a great reunion in heaven in the future,
They’ll all be reunited one wonderful day.
They were all Believers in Jesus,
He’s the Light, the Truth, and the Way.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler
December 2015

The poem “Family Reunion” is in the forthcoming book, “Selected Poems: 1967 – 2020” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler and published by Poetry and Prayer Press.

Picture Credit: William Clarence Breeding, Sr. The church is in eastern Oklahoma near Ida Belle where my late father-in-law, William Clarence Breeding, Sr, and his family attended reunions.

In The Morning

Psalm 5:3 — Begin your day in prayer and meditation, so that you can maintain a peaceful outlook and not start your day in a race. Ask the Lord for the desires of your heart and believe that he will answer.

God Will Wipe Away Tears

Chariots of the Gods

This weekend I watched a 1970 movie on the possibility of ancient astronauts, aliens, and ETs. The movie’s title? Chariots of the Gods. I watched the movie via one of the streaming movie services.

The documentary movie was fun. Here’s some information about the documentary.

Chariots of the Gods

Chariots of the Gods (German: Erinnerungen an die Zukunft) is a 1970 West German documentary film directed by Harald Reinl. It is based on Erich von Däniken’s book Chariots of the Gods a book that theorizes extraterrestrials impacted early human life. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[2][3] It was the 9th highest-grossing film of 1970.[1]

Synopsis

The film begins by introducing the cargo cults established by South Pacific Natives after coming in contact with American planes in World War II. It claims that is likely that all religions began in a similar fashion. The viewer is then presented with various ancient texts, architecture, and artwork. Some of these include the Bible, the Pyramids, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the Nazca Lines.

Reception

Upon its release in the US, Chariots of Gods grossed 25,948,300 dollars, making it the 9th highest-grossing film of 1970.[1] Film critic Phil Hall said, “They don’t make films like this anymore, and we should be glad for that.” The film was criticized for a lack of scientific evidence. Roger Ebert called it, “Science Fiction.”[4]

Other versions

The film was edited and dubbed into English in a 1973 American TV documentary, In Search of Ancient Astronauts, narrated by Rod Serling.[5] See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9KKLZmk5Uo

References

1.^ Jump up to: a b c “Erinnerungen an die Zukunft (1970)”. http://www.worldwideboxoffice.com.
2.^ “The 43rd Academy Awards (1971) Nominees and Winners”. oscars.org. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
3.^ “NY Times: Chariots of the Gods”. NY Times. Archived from the original on 15 March 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
4.^ Ebert, Roger. “Interview with Robert Ardrey | Interviews | Roger Ebert”. http://www.rogerebert.com.
5.^ In Search of Ancient Astronauts at Internet Movie Database

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chariots_of_the_Gods_(film) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9KKLZmk5Uo

All the Days of My Life

The Interests of Others

Live in Harmony

God So Loved The World

Refined by Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace by Mary Potter Kenyon

I Have Experienced Grief and Still Am.

I bought and read the Kindle Edition of Refined by Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace by Mary Potter Kenyon. Having my mother pass away in December 2014, my father dies in June 2017, and cancer takes my wife of 43.5 years in April 2018, I have experienced grief and still am.

She Walks The Journey as Your Guide

The author has walked the grief highway and shares not only her experience and insights but helps the reader be aware of what they may encounter on the journey. One area I could relate to was my concern for how my children were handling grief and I felt the need to take their feeling into consideration when I made choices I knew would impact my family. Starting new traditions for Thanksgiving and Christmas was a struggle for me.

I had my middle child, then 38, graduate from seminary earning a master’s degree just three weeks after my wife’s death. One of my wife’s goals had been to live to see him walk across the stage. Five weeks before the graduation while she was in hospice she said she wouldn’t make it and my heart broke realizing death was imminent.

I drove across the country in May 2020 to attend a writer’s conference. During the drive I started talking, forgetting my wife was deceased. I drove past a Cracker Barrel Restaurant between Birmingham and Huntsville Alabama I said we had stopped there to eat on several previous trips to see her sister that lives in eastern Tennessee. I had to pull over and cry for about fifteen minutes.

Experienced Comfort

Mary sharing similar events in her book had me realizing my experience was normal for me and needed Kleenex to get through the book which I found hard to read – not because of the writing, but because of the memories reading caused me to relive. I recommend the book. Read in August 2020.