Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorials

Today our Pastor talked about building memorials.  Memorials help us remember things that have happened in the past.  You can look at a picture and remember the people that were there and how you felt at that moment. 

We should be memorializing God and remembering all the great and good things He has done in our lives.  When we look at pictures of the milestones and blessings in our lives we should remember the One who makes it all possible, the One who abundantly blesses us with every good thing. 

That is what the Masterpiece is all about.  It has Peyton’s initials on it, but it wasn’t built as a monument to him.  It is our reminder of how far Tom and I have come since January 12, 2008.  Every time I look out the window and see the pavilion standing there, I will remember how God carried us.  I will remember the people He sent to love on us and pray for us.  I can sit and think about God’s grace and how He showered it on us and continues to shower us with it.  I could tell story after story, but I’ve already told them throughout this blog. 

What benefit is there in remembering the past?  It builds our faith in the plans God has for us for our future.  We’ve been blessed in our past and we will be blessed in the future.

Every gathering that takes place under the pavilion will be a celebration of how much God loves us. God will be glorified and memorialized there. 

I love the fact that we were able to break ground on this project on the 5th anniversary of Peyton going to Heaven.  God is into details. 

I hope this post encourages you to reflect on a regular basis on the things God has done in your life.

Now for some pictures of the first celebration at the pavilion!

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Lots of chairs for lots of guests!!

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MEMORIAL PICTURES!!  My heart overflowed when the Bride asked for a picture of Peyton to be included.

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Having some fun Smile

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The wedding party

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Funny boys men.

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Love this!!

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First dance

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Jacksons & Shepherds!!

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Jacksons & Shepherds (aka The Peanuts)

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I know when the bride and groom look at their pictures they will remember all the love and happiness of that day.

Thanks for reading Smile

5 comments:

Cindy B said...

Only our God can change our mourning into laughter and our sorrow into joy! So glad you posted what The Lord has done:)

Kelley said...

I love it! What a wonderful thing! God turns everything to good!

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

I love what you are memorializing! Y'know, we have been wondering what we should ever do in our backyard where the pond used to be. It was filled in with dirt that God provided (almost $25K worth for FREE). To plant a garden and have it die would be too hard. But this idea of a beautiful pavilion where family and friends could gather and celebrate and just be together... I LOVE IT.

Beckypdj said...

Oh Marsha, He is so good. Thank the Lord for that provision.

Kay said...

Love love love! Such a beautiful event to kick off the pavilion with!