Memories of Toothpaste

It’s funny how the little things can bring back such strong memories.

The backstory: My extended family tries to get together every year with what we call Family Camp. These days, this means folks come to my parents’ cabin on the third weekend in July, but in the past we went to random camps around MN.

So we’re at this camp, and I’m getting ready to brush my teeth. I go over to the bathrooms and squeeze out the last bit of toothpaste onto my toothbrush. Now, some folks get the brush wet before toothpaste, others do it after. I like to do both. My brush, with the last of the toothpaste, goes under the water and BAM, there goes the toothpaste. Then this stranger next to me shows me this trick he does, where you stick your tongue on the toothpaste to flatten it down before getting it wet. So now I think about that whenever my toothpaste is nearly washed away.

That is all. 🙂

Making All Things New

The Fighter Verse for this week is Revelation 21:5-7. This phrase gripped me when I read it:

“Behold, I am making all things new.”

-God, Revelation 21:5

All things new. All things will be new. This desk, the trees, my cats, my hands, my body. My mind will be new. Will my thoughts be new? Will my memories be new? I’ve gotten “new” things before, will this desk be like that? But I’ve never been new, what will it be like? Will I remember the old? Will the new be like the old? Will my values be new? Should I be preparing to be new somehow? Why do I feel nervous about it?

But I do know this:

“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

-God, Revelation 21:3-4

And I’m comforted.

Another line that grips me:

“Is everything sad going to come untrue?”