Sober Hope – A Bittersweet Look Toward the Certain Future

Yesterday afternoon, our church family said farewell to a dear and loved member of the congregation.  The loss of a loved one is always difficult, as is the complex emotions that accompany such an agonizing event.

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As Christians, we look at this time as a bittersweet event.  We trust that our dear friend is, right this moment, enjoying life in a way that is truly unimaginable.  She is having experiences at home with her Creator that our earthly minds simply cannot comprehend.  And so, in many ways, this is a very sweet and blessed time.

But, for those of us left behind – husband, children, family, friends – this is also a bitter, agonizing time.  We do sincerely rejoice that our friend is free from the confines of this world – that by the blood of her Savior, she is at last made perfect and whole.  But she is also gone from our world.  We can no longer go to her for advice, cry on her shoulder, or experience life with her.  This is a major loss punctuated all the more by the sudden nature of her passing.

And so, though I cannot do much, I put together these images, full of Scripture, to remind us that this life if not the end.  This life, as real and permanent as it feels, is a tenuous prelude to eternity – to our real life.   This life is but a vapor in comparison to the never-ending life to come.

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So I ask the question – are you prepared for death?  Are you living your life so as to prepare for an eternal existence?  I know far too often, I am stuck in the here and now – but thanks be to God that he sent his son, Christ Jesus, to this earth to die in my stead – a death I fully deserve to die.  It is through his blood that we are healed – by his grace that we can come to him and receive everlasting joys forevermore.

If you would like to know more about what it means to have a relationship with Jesus, below are several links to short but helpful resources – and of course, I am always open for discussion.

For Your Joy
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Died

Finally Alive: What Happens When We Are Born Again

For all of you out there suffering through death, loss and hardship, I leave you with this from 1 Peter [ESV]:     Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

And Lastly – these images are free for the taking – they are HD 1080P files, perfect for desktop wallpaper.  Enjoy!

Copyright 2012 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
Check us out at DeremerStudios.com  |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

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Remembering the Memorial Bridge

Today, I found out from a friend that they have begun to dismantle the Memorial Bridge.  If you’re not from the Seacoast of New Hampshire, its just another old bridge, well past its prime, but for those who grew up around this iconic bridge, it feels like the end of an era.

The bridge fist began to take shape during the summer of 1920, and on August 17, 1923 the bridge opened for traffic.  When built, it had the world’s longest lifting span, at 300ft and was dedicated as a “”Memorial to the Sailors and Soldiers of New Hampshire who participated in the World War 1917-1919.”

Autobiographically, I can still remember the sensation of riding my 10 speed across the grating, heart racing as I tried to stay on two wheels while riding on the steel grating of the center span.  I was always quite relieved to make it to the other side in one piece.  But that was the joy of the bridge – it was a bit of an adventure.  As I got older, I moved from two wheels to four – and driving my old Triumph TR-6 over the bridge – with the towers rising high above and the water rushing below is still a very visceral memory.

However, over the last several years, the bridge has not fared well.  At nearly 90 years old, the bridge was beginning to crack and break despite the efforts of NH and ME work crews to keep her up.  In the end, the decision was made to dismantle the bridge and replace it with something more modern.  Really, there was no other choice.

Thankfully, over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to photograph the bridge.  Here are some of my favorites – in 1080P and perfect for your desktop wallpaper.  Enjoy!

Copyright 2012 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
Check us out at DeremerStudios.com  |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com