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    by Susan McGrath

Notes on Life
Date Posted: August 25, 2007

I remember writing notes to my best friend in high school, at the end of class, during lunch or even in lieu of taking notes on a boring lecture. We would exchange them as we passed in the hall or stuff them through the vent on each other's lockers.

I came across a box full of those notes years ago when I was cleaning out the closet in my old room at my parents' house just before I got married. I guess I didn't want to leave anything behind that might incriminate me. I mean, my mother could have rented out the room or my "baby" brother could have gone snooping. I read through them all - there must have been 40 or more. They made me laugh and, in some cases, puzzled me. What were some of those references to jokes or incidents I no longer recalled? Why were we talking about a certain someone who, in my memory, had no interaction with either of us? They didn't seem to have much relevance now.

I kept one or two of the notes. I probably should have kept more.

There likely isn't much note passing going on in today's high school hallways. The kids just text each other if they are unable to call. I guess they won't have anything amusing to read five or ten years down the road when life makes a big shift and mementos of more innocent times might bring comfort and be appreciated.

But those notes on life are available anytime to anyone. They are God's gift to us, a love letter, an instruction manual and the greatest and most truthful story every told all in one easy-to-find volume.

Last week my husband and I were discussing a difficult decision and he said, "I wish there was a book that would give me all the answers." I walked across the room and handed him a bible. It's sad that we sometimes don't even think to turn to scripture when we need it most. It's sometimes viewed as Sunday morning luggage or a daily ritual to be completed. I know, though, that when I let myself get deep into scripture reading God always provides me with encouragement and new insight.

Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joint and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes to the heart."

God's notes to us are more than a random collection of thoughts and observations; they are His well-laid plan for us and are as relevant now as they were thousands of years ago and as they will be until Christ's return.

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Biography Information:
Susan McGrath is:

a recovering journalist trying to encourage others and glorify God through writing;

living the small-town life with husband Tim and sons Lincoln, 12, and Sawyer, 6;

completing a few put-off writing projects while using chocolate for therapy.
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