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“100 Little Thoughts about God, Man and Society”

Written by Dr. Dick van Geet in memory of Dan. These thoughts are the “tiny purple drops” resulting from 49 years of deep conversations that Dick and Dan began when we were next door neighbors in Utrecht, Holland.

HAPPINESS

1. The expression ‘happy few’ should be replaced by ‘lucky few’. It is not richness nor success that makes someone happy.

2. You want to be happy? Forget your ego !

HEAVEN

1. Our image, our idea about  heaven often is just a simple extrapolation of our earthly experiences. Or projections or desires. With bad reasons!

2. How full is heaven?

Some people say: If something like a heaven might exist it would be a rather busy place with so many people. So they mean: it cannot exist. But did they ever hear from Immanuel Kant ?  The famous philosopher said: Space is just a form of observation; we cannot do without it but it does not belong to the ‘real reality’ (‘Ding an sich’). Said in a popular way: In heaven there is no such thing as space, so the whole problem is illusionary, it does not exist. A problem like fullness cannot occur there.

HONOUR AND POWER

In principal there is enough of everything for everyone. But if we have to divide honour or power there is  never  enough.

IMAGE OF GOD

1. Making ourself  an image or conception of God (and we all do) is a kind of using his name in vain.

(to be continued)

And how is Anne?  People are wondering, guessing, being concerned.  Anne has benefitted from deep healing grief recovery therapy, and is doing well.  I’m thankful that I have no more lethargy.  I still, and always will, miss my Dan.  He was my soul mate who helped me learn more about God, more about God’s love and grace, who helped me walk closer with Jesus.  Now, I commune with God daily, am comforted by Him.  God promised to be a husband to the widows.  He will provide what I need.  The adventure called “Life” goes on for me. — Anne

I hope there will be flowers around the monument of Hungarian leaders on the pavilion in front of the House of Culture in Sfantu Gheorghe when I arrive.

I hope there will be flowers around the monument of Hungarian leaders on the pavilion in front of the House of Culture in Sfantu Gheorghe when I arrive.

August 5, 2009 at 6:15 am Leave a comment

A Glimpse of More of Dan’s Conversations with Dr. Dick van Geet

Much to my delight, the rest of the “100 Thoughts” Dr. van Geet wrote down in memory of Dan have surfaced.  These made it through Cyberspace to my computer last week.   Both Dick and I will appreciate any thoughts you may have about these statements.  May these thoughts draw you closer to God.

GOOD AND EVIL

1. ‘There is not such a thing as good and evil’, the naturalist said: ‘it is just an illusionary invention of human beings’. But by teaching us this ‘truth’ he was convinced to make a good statement about what he considerd as a wrong (evil) misconception; thus refuting his own statement.

2. Evil is not an exclusive quality of any nation, race, political system, doctrine or theory. It hides in every human being, in human being as such. It can awake in any person, in any place, in any nation, in any race. No person or group has a monopoly.

GOOD DEEDS

Every real good action, any good deed makes a person a little bit better. Any bad deed a bit worse. But good means: done without self-interest, without the hope of a reward, be it in this life or after.

GUIDANCE

The Spirit is always trying to guide us to our destiny, to the person that was intended when we were created. This applies to every human being, not only the believers. Follow this Path, follow your bliss, nothing is more important. But both the outside worlds as well as our eagerness and greediness are continuously trying to send us in another, a wrong direction.

–more to follow.

A precious young mother wrote today, “How is your heart?  How is your spirit?”  My heart misses Dan; my spirit is subdued.  But I feel very blessed today.  This afternoon, my family honored me with a going away party.  Over 30 friends from church and the area came to learn about the work of God’s Children in Romania.   As I told of how God is letting me serve Him in Romania, I felt a deep joy, a sense of direction…a reconfirmation that Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania, is where God intends for me to be.

— AnneDCP_0069

Dick and Hanny with Dan in Holland

Dick and Hanny with Dan near their home in Holland

Anne, with Dick, & Hanny at their home in  Austria

August 3, 2009 at 5:11 am Leave a comment

What Is Life All About?

The house has been very quiet today even though our oldest son is here from North Carolina. Quite a contrast to the other times when he has visited.  This is the first time we’ve been together since Dan’s memorial services.  I can’t speak for the others, but I know I’ve had flashbacks today.

Flashbacks of…when Dan was healthy, when ill but we thought  he’d win over cancer, when he was going downhill, his last day with us, our last moments together as he began to draw his final gasping breaths and his right hand had turned white, and how nice he looked in his black pullover and new beige, size 44 trousers that I bought to fit his swollen middle, how I lay across his chest and told him goodbye before they respectfully rolled the table on which he lay out the door to the van that was to take him to the crematorium.

That is the reality of life and death.  Depending on what your hope is, this could turn you to bitterness, or it could draw you closer to the Lord.  In my sorrow, I turned to scripture.  Psalm 120:1, “I call upon the Lord in my distress and He answers me.”  I looked further for a word from God.  He gave me Psalm 40:16,17, “But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, ‘The Lord be exalted!’ Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me.  You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay.”

Scriptures I underlined long ago stood out on that page.  “Blessed is he who has regard for the weak.  The Lord delivers him in times of trouble.”  Do you think that my deep desire to help the abandoned in Romania is motivated by the Lord?  I do. The joy helping those precious souls gives me is reward enough.  But God has delivered me in my time of trouble today.

“Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God for I will yet praise HIm, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11.   “Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?  Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.” Psalm 43:2,3.  “It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory.  It was your right hand, your arm and the light of your face, for you loved them.”  Psalm 44:3.

That is what life is about.  Are you ready for such a walk with God?  — Anne

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Your attitude about life is a choice. Will you see the world as a Cold Place without meaning or joy?

Or will you see God's majesty around you, and let HIm help you find a peaceful path in the midst of your challenging life?

Or will you see God's majesty around you, and let HIm help you find a peaceful path in the midst of your challenging life?

August 1, 2009 at 4:31 am Leave a comment

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