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From First to Last

Sam X-raySam fell on Tuesday, his right leg slipping and buckling underneath him, twisting his little face into a contortion of pain. We were equally as concerned about the damage from twisting ligaments and joints. After a mostly sleepless night, Wednesday marked yet another “first” in our family: first trip to the emergency room for X-rays.

As you can see, it was an exhausting experience.

Thankfully, the x-rays were negative. Most likely, it will be a couple of days before his walking again; but Sam will recover. And so, today I’m moved to share an x-ray of my heart, my innermost feelings and faith:

You see, Ginny held Sam and talked him through the procedure when I had to come back to church for a funeral service. Wednesday, March 26th, also happens to be my mother’s birthday. Ginny shines new light on my own mother’s love too.

When I arrived at church, one of the scriptures I read was of the Risen Christ, proclaiming that he is the Alpha and the Omega (Rev 1:17). And I am most thankful that – from the first to the last, through the generations, and no matter what – we have each other to hold, resting in the grace of another’s love.

About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.


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