Hello Friends. These past two weeks I have been saddened by the loss of a friend who was an upstanding member of my community. Benjamin Lambert IV was the eldest son of deceased Virginia State Senator Benjamin Lambert III, a friend of my father now deceased also.
In thinking about his passing I found myself in the midst of a sort of "blame game"; trying to figure out who was at fault for this loss. But the more I thought about it we all tend to play a sort of blame game in life but what about the fault war. I read on Pinterest not too long ago that it's alright to accept fault for some things but not blame. With fault we can correct our mistakes and move on, but with blame this becomes arduous and often impossible.
While mowing the Lawn the other day I thought about the description of what it was like to be "born again". This is what I came up with: Being born again can be like growing up in a city leaving and coming back and having to get directions to everywhere you go sometimes. If you've ever experienced this then you know what I mean. If you haven't then maybe you have been secluded for an extended period of time and returned to the "outside world" and found yourself experiencing something similar. It can be awkward at first but indeed thrilling as you rediscover what you've left behind.
I also thought about the saying, "keep your friends close and your enemies closer" and amended it to, "keep your friends close, your enemies closer and your family closest". As we continue to struggle in this thing called life we must remember to fight, for that's what a struggle is. But also we definitely should remember to win. The Bible teaches that we are to treat life "as a race." In doing so, we avoid the stresses and calamities of an actual war. As we continue to carve out this age of peace let us remember to fight and win and that the battle is truly the Lord's. Remember God loves you and so do I.