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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Things We Don't Need in Heaven

I (Ginger) finally threw away Troy's contact lenses the other day. Those things came all the way in his lockers from Iraq. When I opened them I cried. Then I stored them. I moved them across three states and stored them again. If it wasn't so sad I think it would be humorous. What on earth was I keeping them for? They just seemed so...his. So personal. Troy had the prettiest eyes. Green or hazel depending on the day and what he wore. They were warm eyes. They were the first thing I noticed about him that day in the cafeteria my sophomore year in college. There was a hint of mischief and romance in them.

He didn't need contacts until later after we were married. And, unlike me who is blind as a bat, his were a low prescription. Anyway, here I sat with them in my hands the other day. I started to put them back in the cabinet. But, really, he doesn't need them anymore. Do I? There are many of Troy's things that I have set aside for the children or myself. But I decided the contacts could go now.

Troy's eyesight was made perfect the second he died and went home to be with Jesus. Andrea's frail body was no longer ravaged with cancer when she took her last breath that day in the hospital and looked upward into Christ's face. No more imperfections. No more illness. What a glorious day for them!

"They will see His face, and His name will be written on their foreheads." Rev. 22:4
(Could that be referring to a tattoo?! - See past blog :))
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Rev. 21:4

I, through thick glasses or high-powered contacts, look forward to that day that we will reunite with Troy and Andrea and will rejoice with them in the very real-life presence of our Saviour!


  1. Ging,

    I loved that post. I remember when Brian and Troy were discussing whether or not they needed contact. You were the only one of the four of us who actually DID need them! I need you to e-mail me. Our hard drive was lost and I didn't lose much--except all of our e-mail addresses! I miss you. It's been a really rough month. Love, Cara

  2. Ginger,
    I'm not sure how to begin except to first say that I am so happy that you have found love again and that God has been faithful, even if in ways unexpected. I stumbled upon this site after seeing an article in a People magazine about Folds of Honor and it mentioned your name. I realized that you had either remarried or gone to your maiden name...and was happy to find the latter. My hubby was a student when Troy was an IP and I remember he talked about how you and Troy were a couple of what seemed to be so few Christians in the pilot world. And I remember how excited you were when Troy made Major! :) Strange memory of mine. Anyway, maybe it wasn't a good thing searching through your blog site so close to yet another deployment, or maybe it was, as I am yet again reminded of God's amazing faithfulness, that He truly has the best plan, and not to take what I have for granted. I have prayed for you from time to time, and I know God will continue to bless you and your new family. Many, many blessings to all of you...someday we can all sit around a golden table and laugh about God's amazing journey.
    Melissa Fisher