New Year Thoughts – So Long 2011, So Long Max

Saturday December 31 2011 10:42 pm | Comments (0) Tags: , ,
It is Saturday, December 31, 2011 and the New Year is an hour and a half away here in Hayden, Idaho where Steve and I are visiting with our Aunt Nina. She cooked us T-bone steaks and we enjoyed a quiet meal together.

We took a spur of the moment road trip to comfort her after her son Max died earlier this week.

So we end this year on a rather sad note – yet my thoughts are on eternity where Max will suffer no more.

He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer in November and he took his last breath on Tuesday, December 27th.

My son Zane with Cousin Max Krakenberg

Max was larger than life.

His voice boomed loud and strong.

His smile was wide and beautiful.

He served his country in Vietnam.

Max will be missed by his family who loved him.

Nancy, Kathy, Dennis and Max

As we say “Goodbye” to 2011 we also say “See you on the other side” to cousin Max Krakenberg.

I look forward to celebrating Max’s life with our family on January 13, 2012 where we will share memories of a man who lived a BIG life and will be missed.

I think about this Scripture tonight as I pray for all who are grieving the loss of a loved one this year. For all of us who look forward to when Jesus returns.

Revelation 21:4-5  New International Version (NIV)

4 ‘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.”

 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

As I contemplate 2012, I look forward to the New Year when the book I co-wrote with my son, Gabe, is released. (My Message is C.L.E.A.R. – Hope and Strength in the Face of Life’s Greatest Adversities – see for updates on the release date.)

I look forward to a continued season of personal growth and change.

Growth of my faith and love for God through the study of His Word.

Growth in my marriage and family relationships by continuing to seek God’s best in all areas of my family life.

Change of my body as I try to get back in shape and take better care of myself!

As you say goodbye to 2011, what are you looking forward to in 2012?

I pray you will achieve your goals in the New Year and that the Spirit of the Living God will set you on the path of God’s will.

God's Blessing on Your 2012

God Bless Your New Year!