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What a difference a year makes.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

If you are wondering about the genisys of the inspiration for this post, you need look no farther than Arnold’s cheesy mug.   No farther, but much deeper. 

Little Frau and I went to see the latest, and greatest, of the Terminator saga last evening.   It was a good yarn.   It brought back dozens of references to those stories of yesterday, but a few core themes reigned supreme.

Good versus evil.

Mankind’s fear of the apocalypse, of “judgement day”.

Man’s quest for immortality.

The insatiable desire to do things over: to tell a better story the second time around, and to ultimately change the outcome.

Somewhere in the dark of the pre-dawn hours one year ago today, my earthly father breathed his last.    To twist the famously oft-quoted line of our Austrian movie star friend, “he won’t be back”, and I am coming to peace with that.

What a difference a year makes?

No, my father has gone to a better place.   It is a place prepared for eternity.   To quote another Arnoldism, this from the latest tale, “he has been upgraded”.

Over 2,000 years ago, we had a visitor walk among us who transcends time and space, and His status indeed was upgraded as he told us “I will be back”.   This visitor didn’t arrive from Hollywood, but from Heaven.

When he comes back, it will be real,  and he is going to take us to be with him.

His name is not Arnold, but Jesus.

It will be to a place without pain.

It will be a place without pretense, or fear of a coming apocalypse.   

As you watch a suspenseful movie, you often know the true outcome before you see the full details of the story played out.   The same is true for us today.

Hebrews 9:26-28 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice. And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. 

My earthly father is gone from this life, much like I will be some day, but our journey continues, as does the promise.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.


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