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“Exactly as I Remember It” Excerpt III

November 7, 2012

A Slice of Life

Once we had a rather eccentric neighbor pass away.  Her family came in to clean up the house and invited Melissa and me inside.  The house was stacked ceiling to floor with stuff and you could only get from room to room through narrow pathways.  There were the contents of three houses in that house and our neighbor’s treasures with which she could not bear to part were suddenly exposed after her death for what they were; junk, much of which you couldn’t give away.  A primary feature of Jesus’ ministry was helping people see the difference between things temporal and things eternal.  Being a historian and a baseball fan, I love to collect old baseball cards.  One day I was admiring a Topps 1953 Satchel Paige and my daughter Lydia said, “Dad, when you die who gets stuck with your stupid baseball cards?”  “Certainly not you kid…certainly not you.”

 

Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Senior Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois and author of “Exactly as I Remember It,”  a book of warmth, wit and wisdom to be released December 2.Image

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