A Dream Vacation

I was reading KREM news, and another interesting article was written about a woman, Anna Stoehr. She will turn 114 years-old on the 15th of October 2014.

The article is about a man, who sold an Iphone to Anna’s son. Anna’s son, Harlan, is 85 years-old. Harlan mentioned his mother during the conversation. The phone sales man, Joseph, asked him how old Harlan’s mom was. When he found out about her age, he just had to see her. Anna lived alone on a farm in Minnesota until she was 112. She now resides in a retirement home in Plainview, MN.

Joseph has made frequent visits from the Twin Cities, MN, to Plainview, teaching her how to use the computer. When she signed up for a Facebook account, she had to lie about her age, because it registered as invalid. Joseph Ramirez helped Anna write a letter to Mark Zuckerburg, Facebook founder, and let him know that she was still valid.

It is an uplifting story, both on the part of Anna and Joseph. A stranger took the time to visit an elderly woman. He helped her learn how to operate a computer. Joseph traveled a great distance (about a 3 hour round trip) to help her. It is another “love in action” story. The story can be read here:


For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:24,25 (KJV)

This verse makes me think of how we would prepare for the vacation of our dreams.

We yearn in anticipation for it. We find out what we will need, read articles, view pictures, and dream about it.  We haven’t seen this place we are going to. However, we can gain some knowledge from the people who do know about it. We anticipate the day!

Our resurrection, our hope, is something we do not see, but we have faith that it is there.

Dear Lord, we do look forward to the resurrection! We anticipate seeing Your glory! Thank You that You are preparing us a place. Help us to hold on to the hope that we cannot see. Bless us with Your power and presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.



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