Wonder Woman—She’s Not All That!

For even if there are so-called gods,
whether in heaven or on earth…
,

yet for us there is but one God, the Father,
from whom all things came and for whom we live;
and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ,
through whom all things came and through whom we live.
~ 1 Corinthians 6:5-6 ~

Last weekend I joined dear friends to celebrate a birthday with dinner and a movie—Wonder Woman. Don’t worry, I’m not going to review Wonder Woman and spoil it for you; instead, I’m going to share what’s on my mind as a result of the things I watched in the 160 minutes worth of previews and the movie.

The previews were for Justice League, Spider-Man, Transformers:  The Last Knight, Valerian, and several others. My first thought was their central theme:  Someone, or the world, is under attack, falling apart, and in desperate need of saving, and only one person or group (superhero or not), machine, alien, thing can save him/her/them.

Then I got to thinking about how desperate our real world is for someone to save us from all the mayhem that “wars and rumors of wars” bring us (Matthew 24:6). The world is spinning out of control—no one is content. Struggles for power and the evil unleashed on innocent people are mind-boggling and numbing.

In the movie I saw several elements that were theological in nature and somewhat paralleled the true Savior (His compassion and love for us, His sacrifice for us, His overcoming the evil one, among other things); but in the end, Wonder Woman is still fantasy.

What I saw on the screen confirmed that the world wants a savior, but one that meets its own image. Because there’s an urgency to pursue peace, people are looking for “someone” who will come in the name of peace and unite all people together. The time is quickly approaching when the Antichrist will make his appearance to “save” the world from self-destructing.

Whether or not the Antichrist is alive today is speculation; what we do know is that he’ll prove to be something the world isn’t expecting. Many will be deceived and die. He’ll not be like Wonder Woman, he’ll be more like Ares, and so much more.

I’m not a moviegoer; this was a special occasion—Wonder Woman is the third movie I’ve seen in the past 25 years (in a theater). It was informative and opened my eyes to something that I hadn’t noticed before. Also, it confirmed (to me) that the time of our Lord’s return for us is at hand (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

The time is coming when God will make His move and the 7th week of years begins (Daniel 9). Therefore, there’s an even greater necessity for the gospel of Jesus Christ to be proclaimed. Peter exhorts us, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,…” (1 Peter 3:15, NIV).

Dear Father, “even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth…yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” There is none like You who is “able to save to the uttermost those who come to [You] through [Christ]” (Hebrews 7:25). You are the One who will save us from the wrath that is to come as You judge the world. Therefore, You alone are worthy of all praise and honor and glory and worship, for You alone are holy and are the LORD. In the name of Jesus, amen.

 

 

 

 

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Fear Binds, Faith Frees!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, 
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
~ 2 Timothy 1:7 ~

The Lord continues to teach me how to handle fearful thoughts. He tied Israel’s journey into the Promised Land to my family’s circumstances and opened my eyes to the devil’s schemes to bind and destroy faith in God through fear. 

This past year has been like being in boot camp! It was one thing after another, but I gained perspective as each event prepared me for the next. The battle often started in the mind, and sometimes, it was waged through physical discomfort or illness; but through it all the Lord was my “refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

For me, the bottom line became, “Who or what am I going to put my trust in? Fear or the Lord? Am I going to be like Joshua and Caleb, who were faithful and fearless because they knew their God was with them and trusted Him? Or, am I going to be like the ten faithless and fearful men who led an entire generation to their death in the wilderness because they didn’t know their God and didn’t trust Him?”

This is what I’ve been learning about fear and how the devil uses it to paralyze and neutralize us and keep us from walking in God’s will for our lives:

Fear:

• is founded on unbelief and restrains us as faith weakens;
• swoops in when we’re weak (vulnerable) and/or when we least expect it;
• relentlessly attacks us;
• is a deadly and effective weapon in the devil’s arsenal;
• robs us of hope and life.

Fearful thoughts take our eyes off God, making a way for unbelief to slide in and subtly challenge God’s word and the knowledge of who He is. As we question or doubt God about our situation, confusion arises. By then faith is wavering, and as it weakens, we end up not knowing what to do, so we don’t do anything. Like handcuffs that bind and control a prisoner, fear keeps us from moving forward in obedience to God’s will.

Whatever stresses us, weakens us—illness, relationships, finances, work, moving, etc. The enemy knows our weaknesses better than we do, so when chinks in our armor are found, you can be sure that arrows, poisoned with fear, are shot rapid-fire at our hearts and minds. If we don’t stay alert or on guard, and forget to put on our spiritual armor—God’s truth, the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the sword of the word, the gospel of peace, and prayer—we’re taken captive (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Faith and hope sustain us while we wait for the Lord to act on our behalf. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see” (NLT). Faith and hope are like conjoined twins—without faith, hope dies. That’s why fear is so deadly.

But we’re not helpless against fear! God’s given us the keys to release us from fear and overcome it:  His Holy Spirit, His word, praise, worship, prayer, grace, peace, and so many other things!

The Holy Spirit abides in all believers. He has many roles in our lives, one of which is to teach us God’s truth through His word. He instructs and prepares our minds and hearts for warfare through Scripture. Second Corinthians 10:4-5 instructs us regarding “the weapons of our warfare”; 1 Peter 5:8-9 reveals that the devil stalks and seeks to destroy us; and Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might,” who we fight against, how we fight, and what we wear in order to protect ourselves.

Prayer is our lifeline to God. It’s as simple as crying out, “Jesus, help me!” As I lay those fearful thoughts at His feet and pour out my heart to Him, I’m confessing I’m weak and dependent on Him. It’s only then that I can raise my hands and voice in thanksgiving, praise, and adoration. He’s faithful to guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus with “peace…which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:6-7). 

Praise is recounting to the LORD what He’s done and is doing in our lives. It’s how we appreciate that He’s with and for us. We’re to “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4).

Worship is adoration of the LORD for who He is. It means that we bow the knee and confess that He’s our God. Jesus says that “true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks” (John 4:23, NIV). 

Worship moves our eyes heavenward and restores faith. As we focus on who He is, we affirm that He’s our God, that we love Him, and are thankful we’re His beloved children. Worship gives us eyes to see things from His perspective. It motivates us to wait patiently, in hopeful expectation, for Him to move in our situation. So, faith and hope grow, while fear wilts like a weed and is cast into the fire where it’s destroyed. 

“Worship destroys fear and frees us from its oppression.*” Worship reveals our confidence in and dependence on Him. When the king and people of Judah were surrounded by enemies, they sought the LORD. He told them the battle belonged to Him. They bowed down and worshiped Him, then prepared themselves. As they went out in song and praise, the LORD defeated their enemies (2 Chronicles 20). 

Truth:  The enemies we face, are also God’s enemies—we never face them alone! “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, emphasis mine).

Brothers and sisters in Christ, don’t let the devil take you captive through fear and keep you from the good Jesus has for you! Always stay alert, be on guard. The enemy is continually on the prowl, looking for weaknesses in our armor to assault us with fear. Whatever fears plague you, take them to the Lord, and lay them down before Him. Remember that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Appropriate this truth and hold on to it! Remember that this warfare will continue until we’re perfected, but we don’t have to surrender to it! 

Ask yourself, “Am I going to put my trust in fear (aka the devil)? Or, am I going to put my trust in Jesus? 

Father, we bow in awe of You! You alone are God—there is none like You! Salvation and deliverance comes only from You! You’re greater and stronger than anything that comes against us and makes us fear! You’re faithful even when we’re faithless. You know our weaknesses and how quickly we lose heart.

Help us, Father! Vanquish fear from our lives. Unlock all bonds and release us from strongholds of fear that “exalts itself against the knowledge of” who You are and who we are in You (2 Corinthians 10:5). 

Empower us through Your Spirit to live in the victory Jesus obtained for us. Help us to stand still and see Your salvation and/or do warfare as You guide us. Make us strong and courageous, like Joshua and Caleb, so that when the next barrage of fearful thought arrows come, we’re abiding in Your Spirit, and fully clothed in Your word, truth, and armor. Guide us in prayer, praise, and worship. And may Your grace and peace carry us through each moment of each day.

Our desire, Father is to walk in awe of You and in obedience, as Jesus did during His time here on earth, that we too, may bring glory and honor to You. We ask in the name of Jesus our Lord, to whom we bend our knees and bow, and to whom all kings and kingdoms will bow. Amen.

*(Ray Bentley)

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Jesus Makes Us Perfect

For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever
those who are being made holy.

~ Hebrews 10:14 ~

Dear friends,

We walk in the newness of life because of what Jesus Christ did for us in reconciling us to His Father (Romans 6:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17). The Righteous One suffered and died for the unrighteous, in order that we may be brought to the Father (1 Peter 3:18, John 14:6).

It’s humbling, yet marvelous, to know that through Jesus’ death and resurrection, that imperfection can be made perfect through Him.

Camellia japonica, “Pink Perfection.” Sarah Berg © 2017

A friend saw this flower on the walkway to her front door and sent its image to me. It’s so perfect in both symmetry and beauty! Just looking a it, I could feel the velvety softness of each petal. I liken it to “a kiss from the Lord!”

When I found out its name is “Pink Perfection,” I couldn’t help but think of how Jesus made us perfect in Him!

What an incredible gift He is to us! He made us perfect, not just for a day, week, month, or year, but forever!

I saw what remains of this flower this week, it’s brown and wilting. It was, to me, a beautiful illustration of how He takes us while we’re wilting away in the world, breathes His Spirit into us and makes us new creations! This is truly amazing grace!

Look at what Paul says about us being in Christ:

This means that our knowledge of men can no longer be based on their outward lives…. For if a man is in Christ he becomes a new person altogether—the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new.

Isn’t this incredible news! Don’t we want this for everyone that we know or meet?! Paul continues to encourage us to be Christ’s ambassadors to a world that is dying without Him.

All this is God’s doing, for he has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ; and he has made us agents of the reconciliation. God was in Christ personally reconciling the world to himself—not counting their sins against them—and has commissioned us with the message of reconciliation. We are now Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were appealing direct to you through us. As his personal representatives we say, “Make your peace with God.” For God caused Christ, who himself knew nothing of sin, actually to be sin for our sakes, so that in Christ we might be made good with the goodness of God (2 Corinthians 5:16-21, J. B. Phillips).

True life in Jesus Christ isn’t a mystery that we have to search for, figure out, or a puzzle that we have to piece together, it’s a free gift of God because of what Jesus did for us!

Like Paul, my prayer is:

…that out of the glorious richness of his resources he will enable you to know the strength of the spirit’s inner re-inforcement—that Christ may actually live in your hearts by your faith. And I pray that you, firmly fixed in love yourselves, may be able to grasp (with all Christians) how wide and deep and long and high is the love of Christ—and to know for yourselves that love so far beyond our comprehension. May you be filled though all your being with God himself! (Ephesians 3:14-18, J. B. Phillips)

This is our prayer, dear Father, that others may be drawn to You by Your presence in our lives. Jesus encouraged us to love one another because that’s how the world knows that we are His disciples (John 13:35). We may not see each other as perfect and beautiful, but You do, and it’s by Your love in us that we can love others. Let us be like magnets, Father, attracting others by Your love in us, as we go about our daily lives, ambassadors of Christ to a dying world. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Doris and me

A note on being an ambassador of Christ: This weekend, a family I know celebrates the life of a beloved mother and grandmother who is rejoicing in the eternal life Jesus gave her.

Doris, through her love, joy of life, and deeds brought “much joy and comfort,…” and her “kindness…often refreshed the hearts of God’s people” (Philemon 1:7).

Doris was and will continue to be God’s “Pink Perfection” gift to us, as well as a model of how we’re to love as He loves, so that we too, can refresh “the hearts of God’s people.”

Love,
Maria

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Finding Comfort in Grief

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble,
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God
~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ~

So many memories flooding my mind during this Christmas season. It began when my sister helped me put up the Christmas tree; while looking through the boxes of Christmas ornaments, I found some that Mom made for me over 30 years ago. We talked the night away reminiscing about our family gatherings, mom and I making tamales, and the ornaments. When she left the next day, more memories came to mind.

I brought out my photo album and began looking through family photos:  birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s—it seems we celebrated something almost every month. We were a large family—eight siblings, of whom three were married and had children, so the house was full and noisy!

My brothers, sister, and me, Christmas Eve 1974

Christmas was special; there was a different “atmosphere” when we were all together eating tamales, laughing or crying when opening gifts, or messing around, like in this photo.

With my brother’s sudden passing, these gathering times became more difficult as each one of us struggled with grief. But, I found that in all these memories a chord of love bound us tightly and prepared us for the times when we were not all together.

Christmas of 1988 was the first time our family was incomplete. My brother, Santos, went home to Jesus that July. My mom went home in 1996, and my dad in 2012. There’s no way of “escaping” the memories from Christmas past, my parents and brother and his family are an integral part of them.

Dad and Mom on Christmas Eve ~1982

Dad and Mom on Christmas Eve ~1982

It’s been 28 years since Santos went home, 20 years with Mom, and four years with Dad. But throughout the years, the Lord comforts and gives us the assurance of seeing them again.

I was sharing with Noah and her friend about how my mom and I used to spend all day on Christmas Eve making hundreds of meat, bean, sugar, and plain tamales, and then reaping the benefits of the day by enjoying the delicious aroma while they steam-cooked and the savory delight in eating them that evening.

I spoke of how we gathered at my parents house and how Don and his mom got to enjoy the tamales we made. Noah wished she could have tasted one, “Couldn’t you have frozen a couple of them for two years, so I could have tasted them after I was born?” I wish I could have.

The house we currently live in belongs to a beloved mother who went home to Jesus this year. Throughout the months that we have been here, mail continues to come addressed to her and we pass it on to them. When the first Christmas card for this beloved mother and grandmother arrived, the fact that Christmas for these friends would be difficult struck a painful chord in my heart. Remembering how we felt that first Christmas without a beloved family member, I prayed for the Lord’s comfort for all of them.

I encourage you to pray for someone you know who is grieving a loved one; pray for them not only during Christmas, but throughout the entire year. You see, they’ll be missed on birthdays, anniversaries, during all holidays and other gatherings; also, little things (a song, a place, an item) will remind them of their loved one(s). Ask the Lord to guide you in comforting another through prayer; or perhaps through a hug, a card, or a quiet time of listening to them speak of their loved one. Trust me, they’ll appreciate the time you spend with them.

Dear Father, we’re most thankful for Your precious gift, Jesus, Your only beloved Son. Because of Him, we have a living hope and a future—eternity with You. It’s during this time of year that Christmas memories come flooding into our minds and hearts, and when a loved one is no longer with us, we grieve. Help us to comfort others with the same comfort we’ve received from You; we can share in the sorrows of those who have experienced loss by praying for Your presence and comfort to be with them—”Immanuel, God with us.”  In Jesus’ most precious name, we lift our family, friends, and others who are grieving right now, and ask Your presence and love to comfort them. And if some don’t know You, in Your mercy and love, reveal Yourself to them, that they too may have a living hope and a future. Amen.

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“I am the LORD Your God”

“I am the LORD your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”
~ Exodus 20:2 ~

This verse keeps calling out to me, “Look, Maria, see how good the LORD is to you! He sought you out and found you. He pulled you out of the pit and placed you on solid ground. He “brought you out of the land of Egypt”—that place where sin abounded and you were perishing; and “out of the house of bondage”—where you were held captive and dying; where you thought that no one would ever find and rescue you.”

Watercolor drawing by Cathy Clark @2016.

Watercolor drawing by Cathy Clark @2016.

“I am the LORD your God,” is the place of security, strength, peace, joy, love, rest, provision, and so much more; better still, is that “I am” is with me and for me; I am His and He is mine.

When Jesus said to me, “I am the LORD your God,” it was the beginning of a new life. “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever” (Psalm 30:11-12).

There is no lack, no want, when “The LORD is my shepherd” (Psalm 23:1).

You say us to, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness” (Psalm 37:3); truly, there is no better place for us to live. You make us whole, give us instruction, guide us with Your eye, and seek us out—day in and day out; You keep us company in the night.

Give us ears to hear what the Spirit says to us, so that we can grow in our relationship with You, and live in the abundance of life that Jesus promised us.

Dear Jesus, Your name is exalted and is above every name, so that “every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11). You are precious to us, Lord. Amen.

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A Salute to My Brother, Luis

A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
~ Proverbs 17:17 ~

My brother Luis was in the army in the mid to late 60s, during the Vietnam War. He was, I believe, stationed somewhere in New Jersey. I was about 8 years old when he enlisted. My seven siblings ranged in age from about two to twelve. We desperately missed Luis and didn’t quite understand why he was gone. We needed him with us.

My brother Luis in 2013.

My brother Luis.

You see, Luis has a personality imbued with character attributes that are rare among men. My brother Luis is a virtuous, brave, helpful, supportive, understanding, generous, patient, kind, loyal, thoughtful, quiet, trustworthy, loving, truthful, wise, humble, strong, faithful, intelligent, insightful, humorous, courteous, and noble man.

The tears well up in my eyes every time I recall this memory, it rings with the nobility of his heart. Luis was a teenager, he was on his hands and knees scrubbing the dining room wooden floor. The chairs were on top of the table and he was underneath it. Tears mingled with the soapy water he was using to scrub the floor; when he looked up at us, they cascaded down his cheeks. I remember looking at him and mom, knowing that something was terribly wrong between them; what it was I never found out.

I’m not sure why Luis joined the Army after he graduated from high school. But, when he rejoined us, we were living in California and more aware of the war in Vietnam. He had a green box when he returned, along with all his clothing and other things. In his box were books, albums, photos, and things, but only one photo of him in uniform. He was standing in a snowy field with a building in the far distance, wearing a green jacket and a helmet with a wire thingamajig hanging from it.

Luis didn’t talk about his days in the army; he didn’t even mention the rank he attained. I don’t know why he chose to be so private about those days, but we all respected him and kept our questions to ourselves. What I do know is that for whatever reason, the Lord somehow kept him from engaging in that war—Luis never went to Vietnam (that was my understanding).

So, on this Veterans Day, in 2016, I wanted to thank my brother for doing what he did for us, at a great personal expense. He didn’t have to enlist, he wasn’t a US citizen, but a permanent resident, with a love for this country.

Luis, I’m not sure you’ll read this, you’re much too humble to accept the things I’ve written about you, but these are the things we all saw in you and tried to emulate. You’ve been both a friend who’s loved us at all times, and a true brother to us in our days of adversity. You’ve never asked us to explain ourselves, but kept quiet. You’ve always been supportive and encouraging. Who else would teach his sister to starch and iron his work shirts or type up his graduate school papers and then pay her! I’ve not met a man who compares with you, Luis. And at my darkest point on a Christmas Eve almost 20 years ago, while you and I were washing dishes, you loved and comforted me with an insightful word of wisdom. To this day, though we’re separated by distance and don’t talk often, you gladly spent time talking with me.

Everyone who has met you has benefitted from knowing you. Your wife, children, their spouses, and grandchildren are blessed.

So, I salute you, dear brother, in the way I know best. Thank you for serving us by dedicating your youth to the service of this country. I hope you’ve enjoyed this Veterans Day. Love you, Luis!

Dear Father, I know I’m not to praise any man, and I hope I haven’t done this here. All along as I marvel on who You are, I’m continually reminded of Your hand of grace on and love for our family. You placed in me a family where I could find comfort in a very unique, caring, and loving older brother. You protected him during his army days from seeing the horrors of Vietnam and returned him to us. All along, You made a difference in our lives because of Luis. I’m—we’re so blessed to know and be related to him.

Bless him, Father, he has a heart after Yours. Luis was the only one in the family who helped me to pursue a relationship with You; afterward he and I would share favorite psalms and other passages from the Bible. He understood my love for You and encouraged me to seek after You.

Thank You, Father, for Luis and the untold numbers who’ve been or are currently active in our nation’s defense (whether at home or abroad), by giving of the best years of their lives in service to this nation. I thankfully pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

 

 

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My Father’s God

The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
He is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
~ Exodus 15:2 ~

It’s just like the Lord to remind us of things He’s done for us through His word.

I was trying to memorize Exodus 15:2 for the Community Bible Study (CBS) I attend on Wednesdays. It’s not a difficult passage to memorize, but I was struggling; I needed to memorize it by the 26th of October. Every day of the lesson has a space for us to write down the verse to help us memorize it:

"My father's God,..." made it easier to memorize Exodus 15:2.

“My father’s God,…” made it easier to memorize Exodus 15:2.

As I was writing the verse down, the words, “My father’s God,…” jumped out and brought me to tears. They were the answer to a doubt I had—that maybe Dad wasn’t with the Lord.

dadYou see, my dad died four years ago, sometime between October 22-26th. My doubt was founded on the fact that Dad refused to go into a church; he studied different religions, and preferred to come to his own conclusions—none of which he would discuss with me. The only time I saw him in church was at his brother’s and my brother’s funerals. Thus, I sometimes wondered what Dad believed and the “status” of his soul.

However, prior to his death, something unusual happened—the Lord asked me to pray for his salvation. When the call of his passing came, I assumed (with a 99% certainty) that he went home to Jesus. Those three words, “My father’s God,…,” gave me the full assurance of his being with Jesus and removed any doubt that remained. An extra blessing:  I was able to memorize Exodus 15:2 and recite it during our group meeting.

Do you have any doubts hiding in your heart? Ask Him; He will faithfully reveal them and comfort you with His truth.

Dear Father of my father, You are a God of compassion and comfort. You bring out the hidden things and expose them in the light of Your word, so that no doubts remain. Thank You for forgiving that doubt and giving me the hope of seeing Dad again when I go home to You. It’s because of Your love toward us, through Jesus, that You bring comfort and assurance to each one of us who confess the Lord Jesus and believe in our heart that He rose from the dead (Romans 10:9-11). You are, Lord, so faithful! In Jesus’ precious saving name, amen.

P.S. I wrote about Dad in a two-part post, “I Remember Dad,” if you’re interested; you’ll find Part 1 at https://thecrackerbarrel.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/i-remember-dad-part-1/. Part 2 is at https://thecrackerbarrel.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/i-remember-dad-part-2/

 

 

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