1 Corinthians 11:24 NIV and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
There will come a day when your tears of sorrow will softly flow into tears of remembrance... and your heart will begin to heal itself... and grieving will be interrupted by episodes of joy... and you will hear the whisper of hope. There will come a day when you will welcome the tears of remembrance... as a sunshower of the soul... a turning of the tide... a promise of peace. There will come a day when you will... risk loving... go on believing... and treasure the tears of remembering.
I felt an angel's presence On the day you left my side: A gentle touch upon my cheek, To wipe the tears I cried.
I seemed to hear her whisper "Your loved one's in God's care, Just turn your eyes to Heaven And know he's resting there."
Her presence brought me comfort; It was as if she knew My faith in God was tested, On the day that I lost you.
The years have swiftly passed, Yet still I sense her near, And know, whatever comes my way, She'll help me through each fear.
When tomorrow starts without me, And I'm not there to see; If the sun should rise and find your eyes All filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn't cry The way you did today, While thinking of the many things, We didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me, As much as I love you, And each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand, That an angel came and called my name, And took me by the hand, And said my place was ready, In heaven far above, And that I'd have to leave behind All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, A tear fell from my eye, For all my life, I'd always thought, I didn't want to die. I had so much to live for, So much yet to do, It seemed almost impossible, That I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, The good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love we shared, And all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, Just even for awhile, I'd say goodbye and kiss you And maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized, That this could never be, For emptiness and memories, Would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, My heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven's gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, From His great golden throne, He said "This is eternity, And all I've promised you." Today for life on earth is past, But here it starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, But today will always last, And since each day's the same day There's no longing for the past.
But you have been so faithful, So trusting and so true. Thought there were times you did some things, You knew you shouldn't do. But you have been forgiven And now at last you're free. So won't you take my hand And share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts without me, Don't think we're far apart, For every time you think of me, I'm right here, in your heart.
Son is a lovely word that always brings to mind memories of the happiest and very warmest kind!
Thoughts of you bring memories through each passing year, you've been the kind of son who's especially sweet and dear.
If you could read my heart then you would surely see with every day that passes by you mean still more to me. -Author Unknown-
"The mention of my husband's
name May bring tears to my eyes
But it never fails to bring
Music to my ears.
If you are really my friend,
Let me hear the beautiful music of
It soothes my broken heart
And sings to my soul."
UNITED WE STAND
United we stand, steadfast and tall, committed to peace, and freedom to all.
For times like these, that try all our souls, can renew our faith, in ourselves and our goals.
Let's open our hearts, as our proud banners wave, o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave! --Author Unknown--
"AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN"
I know this angel from heaven His wings were just made today He was given roses As he passed along this way He was so very special God made a plan for him alone For he was a child of God Who was made His very own
For such a short time He was the father that I knew I could call him anytime He was there when I was blue Now he is in heaven Such a short time I knew his soul Even though I cannot touch him Or feel his loving face This angel's light is shining down In any given place
An angel sent from heaven A gift from God above For his words will follow me In all I will ever do A sweet reminder of my father Of his love so very true.
Please light a candle
for each of your Angels.
"Lord, hold our troops in your loving
hands. Protect them as they
protect us. Bless them and their
families for the selfless acts they
perform for us in our time of need. I
ask this in the name of Jesus, our
Lord and Savior.
Gift Of Angels
May angels rest beside your door. May you hear their voices sing. May you feel their loving care for you. May you hear their peace bells ring.
May angels always care for you And not let you trip and fall. May they bear you up on angel's wings. May they keep you standing tall.
May they whisper wisdom in your ear. May they touch you when you need. May they remove from you each trace of fear. May they keep you from feeling greed.
May they fill you with their presence. May they always stand besides you And make you ever bold. May they teach you what you need to know About life here and hereafter. May they fill you always with their love And give you the gift of laughter. Author Unknown
Here’s to the men of the
red, white and blue;
Whose patriot’s hearts burned high ...
To the women who served
us on land and on sea,
Some even in the sky.
I’d like to say,
that we’ll never know
The outcome if you had not gone,"
And to tell you,
"I’ll never forget your deed,
As long as my life lingers on."
For, I was a child,
when the great war came,
And you just a dozen years more.
Some of you fought
on a distant beach.
Some died on a foreign shore.
I’d hate to forget those heroes of old,
From the 'War to end all wars'.
Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm
Proved that men fight evermore.
God, help us all when brave men say,
"Not today. Let’s just wait and see."
For, tyrants come in so many ways
And I’ve heard of complacency.
When integrity falls
in the dust by the way,
When conviction fails to command,
When there’s no one
to bugle or carry the flag,
What will become of our land?
So, here’s to the
heroes and heroines true!
Here’s to the brave and the free!
With my hand on my chest
as the flag passes by,
I remember what you did for me!!!
24 November 1975
Your date of conception was on or about 3 March 1975 which was a Monday.
You were born on a Monday under the astrological sign Sagittarius.
Your Life path number is 3.
Numerology Index 3 (3, 12/3, 21,/3, 30/3) The Life Path 3 indicates that you entered this plane with a strong sense of creativity and with wonderful communication skills. Achievement for you most likely comes through engaging your ingenious expression. A truly gifted 3 possesses the most exceptional innovative skills, normally in the verbal realm, writing, speaking, acting, or similar endeavors. Here we are apt to find the entertainers of the world, bright, effervescent, sparkling people with very optimistic attitudes. The bright side of this path stresses harmony, beauty and pleasures; of sharing your inventive talents with the world. Capturing your capability in creative self-expression is the highest level of attainment for this life path. Life is generally lived to the fullest, often without much worry about tomorrow. You are not very good at handling money because of a general lack of concern about it. You spend it when you have it and don't when you don't.
The 3 loves connecting with people. The characteristics of the 3 are warmth and friendliness, a good conversationalist, social and open. A good talker both from the standpoint of being a delight to listen to, but even more importantly, one who has the ability to listen to others. Accordingly, the life path 3 produces individuals who are always a welcome addition to any social situation and know how to make others feel at home. The approach to life tends to be exceedingly positive. Your disposition is almost surely sunny and openhearted. A happy and often inspired person, you are constantly seeking and needing the stimuli of similar people.
There is a remote side to your 3 Life Path, as well. This comes as a surprise to the native and to those who think they are well acquainted. The 3 is actually a very sensitive soul. When hurt, you can easily retreat to a shell of morose silence for extended periods. Nonetheless, the 3 eventually copes with all of the many setbacks that occur in life and readily bounces back for more. It is usually easy for you to deal with problems because you can freely admit the existence of problems without letting them get you down for too long. Because of your own sensitivity to hurt, you have a caring disposition and seem to be very conscious of other people's feelings and emotions.
In romance, the 3 is a very ardent and loyal lover. Affairs that don't go well can leave scares that seem to linger. Emotional experiences of all sorts tend to deeply touch the 3 and the drama may take some time to play out. Regrettably, the giving disposition of the 3 often attracts demanding partners. As with most of life's issues for the 3 Life Path, balance in relationships is illusive.
Your big test with a 3 Life Path is controlling your highs and lows. You won't survive very well in any routine environment or when you are placed under dominating management. Slow thinking and overly contemplative people tend to frustrate you, and you don't function too well with this type whether you are working for, with, or under them. Your exuberant nature can take you far, especially if you are ever able to focus your energies and talents.
For the few living on the negative side of this Life Path, a 3 may be so delighted with the joy of living that the life becomes frivolous and superficial. You may scatter your abilities and express little sense of purpose. The 3 can be an enigma, for no apparent reason you may become moody and tend to retreat. Escapist tendencies are not uncommon with the 3 life path, and you find it very hard to settle into one place or one position. Guard against being critical of others, impatient, intolerant, or overly optimistic.
Life Path Compatibility: You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 6 & 9. You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 2, 5 & 11. You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 4, 7, 8 & 22.
The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2442740.5.
The golden number for 1975 is 19. Golden Number: A number showing the year of the lunar or Metonic cycle. It is reckoned from 1 to 19, and is so called from having formerly been written in the calendar in gold.
The epact number for 1975 is 17. Epact Number: The moon's age at the beginning of the calendar year, or the number of days by which the last new moon has preceded the beginning of the year.
The year 1975 was not a leap year.
Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/11/1975 and ending 1/30/1976. You were born in the Chinese year of the Rabbit.
you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier who is currently serving in Iraq .
You can't pick out who gets the card, but it will go to some member of the armed services.
How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!!
This is a great site. Please send a card. It is FREE and it only takes a second.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our guys and gals over there need to know we believe in them... Please send to all your family and friends.
We have one Angel standing watch above us as we sleep... Another gathers up the hopes and dreams we wish to keep...
One Angel is the tiny voice that whispers in our ears... With words of love and comfort to conquer grief and fears...
We have so many Angels with one friendship keeper too... Another just to help us mend the thoughtless things we do...
We have a Guardian of Love who protects our Destiny... And helps us with our soul mate with who we are meant to be...
We have a host of Angels that keep us company... In order that we may become the best that we can be...
"DADDY LOVES YOU WILL"
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His hair was combed up nicely, is dress shirt bottoned. Today was Daddy's Day at school, and he couldn't wait to go.
But his mommy tried to tell him, that he probably should stay home. Why the kids might not understand, if he went to school alone
But he was not afraid; he knew just what to say. What to tell his classmates of why he wasn't there today.
But still his mother worried, for him to face this day alone. And that was why once again, she tried to keep her son home.
But the little boy went to school eager to tell them all. About a dad he never sees a dad who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in back, for everyone to meet. Children squirming impatiently, anxious in their seats.
One by one the teacher called a student from the class To introduce their daddy, as seconds slowly passed.
At last the teacher called his name, every child turned to stare. Each of them was searching, for a man who wasn't there.
"Where's his daddy at?" he heard a boy call out. "He probably doesn't have one," another student dared to shout.
And from somewhere near the back, he heard a daddy say, "Looks like another deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day."
The words did not offend him, as he smiled up at his Mom. And looked back at his teacher, who told him to go on.
And with hands behind his back, slowly he began to speak. And out from the mouth of a child, came words incredibly unique.
"My Daddy couldn't be here, because he lives so far away. But I know he wishes he could be, since this is such a special day.
And though you cannot meet him, I wanted you to know. All about my daddy, and how much he loves me so.
He loved to tell me stories he taught me to ride my bike. He surprised me with a rose, and taught me to fly a kite.
We used to share fudge sundaes, and ice cream in a cone. And though you cannot see him. I'm not standing here alone.
"Cause my daddy's always with me, even though we are apart I know because he told me, he'll forever be in my heart".
With that, his little hand reached up, and lay across his chest. Feeling his own heartbeat, beneath his favorite shirt.
And from somewhere here in the crowd of dads, his mother stood in tears. Proudly watching her son, who was wise beyond his years.
For he stood up for the love of a man not in his life. Doing what was best for him, doing what was right.
And when he dropped his hand back down, staring straight into the crowd. He finished with a voice so soft, but its message clear and loud.
"I love my daddy very much, he's my shining star. And if he could, he'd be here, but heaven's just too far.
You see he was a policeman and died just this past year When airplanes hit the towers and taught Americans to fear.
But sometimes when I close my eyes, it's like he never went away." And then he closed his eyes, and saw him there that day.
And to his mothers amazement, he witnessed with surprise. A room full of daddies and children, all starting to close their eyes.
Who knows what they saw before them, who knows what they felt inside. Perhaps for merely a second, they saw him at his side.
"I know you're with me Daddy," to the silence he called out. And what happened next made believers, of those once filled with doubt.
Not one in that room could explain it, for each of their eyes had been closed. But there on the desk beside him, was a fragrant long-stemmed rose.
And a child was blessed, if only for a moment, by the love of his shining star. And given the gift of believing, that heaven is never too far.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.
Take the time...to live and love! Until eternity.
Father's Love Letter
My Child You may not know me, but I know everything about you Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love 1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you 1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your father 1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore Psalm 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes Revelation 21:3-4
And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me 1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is Will you be my child? John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you Luke 15:11-32
Love, Your Dad. Almighty God
"A TRUE AMERICAN HERO"
Jesus said to her, "I am the
resurrection and the life. He who believes in me
will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever
lives and believes in me will never die. Do yo
u believe this?"
There is a huge rock near a gravel pit on Hwy.25
in rural Iowa. For generations, kids have painted
slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock,
changing its character many times. A few months
back, the rock received its latest paint job, and
since then it has been left completely
undisturbed. It's quite an impressive sight. Be s
ure to go to the Photo Album and check out the
multiple photos (all angles) of the rock. I thought
the flag was draped over the rock, but it's not.
It's actually painted on the rock too.
Great work Bubba!
UNFOLDING THE ROSEBUD
It is only a tiny rosebud, A flower of God's design; But I cannot unfold the petals With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers Is not known to such as I. God opens this flower so sweetly, In my hands it will fade and die.
If I cannot unfold a rosebud, This flower of God's design, Then how can I think I have wisdom To unfold this life of mine?
So I'll trust in Him for His leading Each moment of every day. I will look to him for His guidance Each step of the pilgrim way.
The pathway that lies before me, Only my Heavenly Father knows. I'll trust Him to unfold the moments, Just as He unfolds the rose.
Don't grieve for me, for now I am free. I'm following the path God has laid, you see. I took His hand when I heard Him call. I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work, or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joys, A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Oh yes, these things I, too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow. I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief, Don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and peace to thee. God wanted Me now; He set me free! -Author Unknown-
Monday, November 24, 1975
Tobias Corbin Meister
There are 19 letters in your name. Those 19 letters total to 90 There are 8 vowels and 11 consonants in your name.
What your first name means:
Swedish Male God is good. Spanish Male From the Hebrew Tobiah 'Jah is good.'. Hebrew Male The Lord is good.
Your number is: 9
The characteristics of #9 are: Humanitarian, giving nature, selflessness, obligations, creative expression.
The expression or destiny for #9: The expression that you exhibit is represented bythe number 9. Your talents center in humanistic interests and approaches. You like to help others as you were intended to be the 'big brother or big sister' type. You operate best when you follow your feelings and sense of compassion, and allow yourself to be sensitive to the needs of others. You work well with people, and have the potential to inspire. This suggests that you could successfully teach or counsel. Creative ability, imagination and artistic talent (often latent) of the highest order are present in this expression. It's possible that you're not using or developing all of these capabilities at this time. Some of your talents may have been used at an earlier time in your life, and some may still be latent. Be aware of your capabilities, so that you can make use of them at appropriate times.
If you are able to achieve the potential of your natural expression in this life, you are capable of much human understanding and have a lot to give to others. Your personal ambitions are likely to be maintained in a very positive perspective, never losing sight of an interest in people, and a sympathetic, tolerant, broad-minded and compassionate point of view. You are quite idealistic, and disappointed at the lack of perfection in the world. You have a strong awareness of your own feeling as well as those of others. Friendships, affection, and love are extremely important.
Undeveloped or ignored, the negative side of the 9 expression can be very selfish and self-centered. If you do not actively involve yourself with work that benefits others, you may tend to express just the opposite characteristics. It is your role to be very involved with other people and their needs, but it may be difficult for you achieve this role. Aloofness, lack of involvement, and a lack of sensitivity mark the low road of this expression.
Your Soul Urge number is: 5
A Soul Urge number of 5 means: The 5 soul urge or motivation would like to follow a life of freedom, excitement, adventure and unexpected happening. The idea of travel and freedom to roam intrigues you. You are very much the adventurer at heart. Not particularly concerned about your future or about getting ahead, you can seem superficial and unmotivated.
In a positive sense, the energies of the number 5 make you very adaptable and versatile. You have a natural resourcefulness and enthusiasm that may mark you as a progressive with a good mind and active imagination. You seem to have a natural inclination to be a pace-setter. You are attracted to the unusual and the fast paced.
You may be overly restless and impatient at times. You may dislike the routine work that you are engaged in, and tend to jump from activity to activity, without ever finishing anything. You may have difficulty with responsibility. You don't want to be tied down to a relationship, and it may be hard to commit to one person.
Your Inner Dream number is: 4
An Inner Dream number of 4 means: You dream of being a very solid citizen that people can depend upon. You strive for organization and predictable order. You want to be recognized as a person with a plan and the discipline to make that plan work like clockwork.
Your Native American Zodiac sign is Owl;
your plant is Mistletoe.
You were born in the Egyptian month of Menchir, the second month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).
Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 20 Kislev 5736. Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 21 Kislev 5736.
The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is 22.214.171.124.16 which is 12 baktun 18 katun 2 tun 6 uinal 16 kin
The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Monday, 20 Dhi'l-Qa'dih 1395 (1395-11-20).
The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 30 March 1975. The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 4 May 1975. The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 12 February 1975. The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 18 May 1975. The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 25 May 1975. The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Saturday, 6 September 1975. The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Thursday, 27 March 1975. The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 11 February 1975.
As of 5/4/2013 12:45:24 AM EDT You are 37 years old. You are 450 months old. You are 1,953 weeks old. You are 13,676 days old. You are 328,224 hours old. You are 19,693,7485minutes old. You are 1,181,609,124 seconds old.
Celebrities who share your birthday:
Katherine Heigl (1978) William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925) Dale Carnegie (1888) Scott Joplin (1868) Bat Masterson (1853) Zachary Taylor (1784)
Top songs of 1975
Love Will Keep Us Together by Captain & Tennille Fly, Robin, Fly by Silver Convention Island Girl by Elton John He Don't Love You by Tony Orlando & Dawn Bad Blood by Neil Sedaka Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John That's the Way (I Like It) by KC & the Sunshine Band Jive Talkin' by Bee Gees Fame by David Bowie
Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 5.356264187866928 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)
There are 298 days till your next birthday on which your cake will have 33 candles.
Those 38 candles produce 38 BTUs, or 9, 576 calories of heat (that's only 9.5760 food Calories!) . You can boil 3.77 US ounces of water with that many candles.
In 1975 there were approximately 3.1 million births in the US. In 1975 the US population was approximately 203,302,031 people, 57.4 persons per square mile. In 1975 in the US there were approximately 2,152,662 marriages (10.1%) and 1,036,000 divorces (4.9%) In 1975 in the US there were approximately 1,921,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000) In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds. In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.
In 1975 the population of Australia was approximately 13,968,881. In 1975 there were approximately 233,012 births in Australia. In 1975 in Australia there were approximately 103,973 marriages and 24,307 divorces. In 1975 in Australia there were approximately 109,021 deaths.
Your birthstone is Citrine
The Mystical properties of Citrine
Citrine is said to help one connect with Spirit. Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)
Yellow Topaz, Pearl, Diamond
Your birth tree is
Ash Tree, the Ambition Uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with its fate, can be egoistic, very reliable and trustworthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over heart, but takes partnership very serious.
There are 329 days till Christmas 2008! There are 342 days till Orthodox Christmas!
The moon's phase on the day you were born was waning gibbous.
I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought. Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation. 'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me. ' Chicago - to Great Lakes Base. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Iraq '
After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached Chicago , and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time. As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to Chicago' His friend agreed.
I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'
Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?' 'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. 'This is your thanks.'
After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.
Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, an said, 'I want to shake your hand.'
Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.
Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.
When we landed in Chicago I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word.
Another twenty-five dollars!
Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.'
Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little...
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check Made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'
By the way…to all the vets who may be reading this....
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To all our service men and women,
Tributes and Condolences
Thinking of you / Alicia Meister (Wife)
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. So grateful to you and your sacrifice. Will and I miss you so much! My heart is forever broken but I know we will be together again soon. I love you so very much!
We Remember! / Johnette Moninger (Friend)
GREAT SOLDIER / Jeff Davis (Former SGT )
Toby was one of my troops in Texas in 1996-1998. He was one of the best soldiers I ever had the opportunity to work with. He loved the Army. I will always remember him.
A good man that has been and will be missed. / Greg Chaplin (Served with him in Afghanistan, 2005 )
I never met Toby before meeting in Asadabad but right away you could tell the kind of person he was. A 29 year old First Sergeant in the Army is a rare thing to see but you could tell why. He was good at what he did and took care of anyone under him....
remembering a hero ! / Max Zahka (friend of family )
Thank you for you service to our counrty ! !
Your parents are great people.
My prayers are with you and your family.
God bless Max
"I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: No Man Cometh Unto The Father But By Me" John 14:6
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are all passed away" Revelation 21:4
Angel Of November
~Come and meet November An angel so sublime Her joy a special treasure In evergreens she finds Watching oh so carefully Each special tree will be A compliment to nature Dressed as Christmas tree She touches every branch To give the tree new life An angel from the heavens She casts a special light Makes the limbs so supple Fragrance so divine This angel of the evergreens A gift for special time On Christmas she will enter Your heart will feel her love A most devoted treasure A heart of peace above Beauty she enshrines With each majestic tree Filled up with your memories A special heart you see November's sweetest gift of peace A tree of perfect art As snow falls down upon the earth It nourishes your heart.~
Toby's Loved Ones
Those left to cherish Toby's Memory are:
His wife of 2-and-a-half years, Alicia Meister of Jenks, Oklahoma;
his 16 month old son, Will Meister at home;
his parents Dave and Judy Meister of Jenks, Oklahoma;
a brother T J and wife Angie, and their son, Dakota Meister of Naples, Florida;
his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Meister of Lawton, Iowa;
his maternal grandmother, June Corbin of Moville, Iowa;
and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
[January 07, 2006] Smiles amid the tears: Family, friends, community remember Toby Meister
Jan. 7--JENKS -- As a former U.S. Army drill sergeant of the year, 1st Sgt. Tobias C. Meister knew how to give an order.
Pastor Eddie Stephens told more than 500 people who filled the First Baptist Church of Jenks on Friday about this ability. He recalled the two were eating lunch -- Meister was preparing to leave for Afghanistan -- and the subject was "if something happens."
"Toby, in a sense, gave me my orders to do what was necessary (for his funeral), and I begrudgingly agreed, thinking that to say no, he might order me to drop and give him 50" pushups, Stephens said.
The tale generated laughter among those in attendance at the 30-year-old soldier's funeral, which was the point of many of the pastor's remembrances.
"(Toby) told me to be humorous today, so I'm trying," Stephens said.
There were several opportunities to smile and laugh between the many tears shed for Meister during the service and later burial in the Veterans Field of Honor at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow.
A visual projection of family photos showed Meister as a baby in playful outfits, then as a boy playing football, a teen performing martial arts and then competing in a kickboxing match.
The photos progressed in time, showing him as a man, a soldier, a friend, a husband and a father.
Meister was in dress uniform for his 2003 marriage to his wife, Alicia. He was in jeans and a T-shirt in a 2004 photo as he held up Will, his now 1-year-old son, whom he called his "little buddy."
Meister was killed Dec. 28 near Asadabad, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near the Humvee in which he was traveling, military officials said.
The Jenks soldier who joined the Iowa National Guard at 17 and later became a drill sergeant -- named the U.S. Army Reserve's best in 2002 -- decided in 2004 that after training men to go overseas for years, he should go as well. He joined the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), as signed in Broken Arrow, and moved to the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade in San Antonio.
The former employee of Horizon Natural Resources, an oil and gas firm in Tulsa, left for Afghanistan last summer and led an 18-soldier unit that provided support for Afghanistan's first free elections.
Meister's team worked to "restore broken societies to natural operations," Maj. Gen. Herbert L. Altshuler told mourners and more than 50 U.S. Army personnel at the funeral.
"As the grandson of a World War II veteran, Toby knew that freedom isn't free," Altshuler said. "And he knew these (freedoms) were worth fighting for and perhaps worth dying for.
"Every generation has its heroes, and this one is no different. Toby Meister is a hero. We mourn his loss; we celebrate his life."
Honors posthumously awarded to Meister and given to his wife included the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal.
His life was full of celebrations. He was an undefeated kickboxer who also won a middleweight Golden Gloves championship in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl. Many of his martial arts friends attended the funeral.
"To the black belts, the family wanted to say thank you," said Stephens, noting that Meister "got his heart" through martial arts.
Meister weighed about "165 pounds, and you knew 100 pounds of it was heart if you saw him fight," Stephens recalled one competitor telling him.
Following the burial, Staff Sgt. John Olson, 28, of Broken Arrow, recalled drill sergeant school, where "Toby was my drill sergeant leader, basically my teacher, my mentor."
While Olson was there, Meister was selected drill sergeant of the year. This year, Olson -- also a drill sergeant leader -- was selected to participate in the same competition.
He last spoke with his mentor before Meister left for Afghanistan.
"I had to talk with him, because I figured that if anyone knew how to compete, it would be him," Olson said. "He was talking about his new unit, and he was excited, like he was about life and everything else."
Stephens had gotten to know Meister in the last couple of years as his pastor at Christ's Community Church in Bixby. His friend had a "curious, unflinching faith in God, an admirable, earthy, raw faith," Stephens said.
"He lived a life worth fighting for . . . He would want you to ask yourself: What's worth fighting for in your life? All of us, let's fight better, let's live better."
Meister's life was full, providing many stories and prompting an unusual request from his father, Stephens said.
"Dave asked me, 'Would you please apologize to everybody?' I asked what for, and he said, 'Toby was just so darn hard not to brag about.' "