All the things shared today about the girls would only be words unless they held within them the promise of hope & eternal life. When the news of the accident was received all the family came together at Joe & Debbie’s and we began to look through pictures, scrapbooks and sharing stories. One of the things found was a senior art project of Krista’s. It was an assignment to explain herself through words & pictures. There was a witness in our spirits about the truth she was able to express in her school project. The first page reads as follows…
Here is a book about me. I wish in words I could explain to you my true identity, but the definition of identity is, ” the condition of being one’s self. and not alone,” so I guess the only way to achieve full understanding would be to be me. But maybe I can open up a little window, and let you peek inside.
I was born in the city. I grew up in South Mpls, and I loved it! Every warm memory in my heart traces back to a little place I like to call home, 3233 22nd Ave So. Mpls, MN 55407 (my old address) is the place where friends and family laid the foundation that formed me into the person I am today. At the age of 2 I knelt down next to my brother and with his help, made the most important and influential decision of my life; I asked Jesus Christ to come into my heart. Although at the time I didn’t fully understand the impact of my humble little prayer, it has proven to be the most fruitful act I have ever made.
Like all kids my age, I have my share of talents, many interests, and hopes and dreams, but before I share them with you, it is important you understand, “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain,” Philippians 1:21. Take away all material possessions, all my talents, and earthly desires and I will be the same because of the life I have in Christ! So now with that said, here’s a little about me…
What does that scripture mean? What does it mean to live for Christ? If we take Christ out of that scripture & put anything else in there it won’t make sense. MY ABILITIES, MY TALENTS, MY DREAMS, MY PLANS, MY MONEY… And then say… “death is gain”… it doesn’t make sense. The equation is off! Because all those things cease!
I challenge each one of you to confront the blank in the Scripture because nothing else will satisfy until Christ takes the place on the bookmark of our hearts. It is then we will have a peace and joy that the things of life or death will never be able to take away. Soon – we will all come to the end of life’s journey. What we place in that blank matters for eternity. It may determine if you will ever see your loved ones again, or worse, the face of Jesus.
This is a song Krista and I sang at her Baccalaureate service when she graduated from St. Anthony High School addressing that very thought.