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  1. Babylon's Dread says:


  2. Laura Scott says:

    Rock on, Michael. I will never again look at my puck signed by Ryan Miller and not think of this story again. šŸ™‚

  3. Papias says:

    Wonderful story of the past.

    I have a hard time believing that there are any possibilities now or in the future.

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you, BD, Laura…Papias…dream something and do it. šŸ™‚

  5. London says:

    Love this one!

  6. Captain Kevin says:

    Michael, this is wonderful!!! And in the Providence of God, you DID write it for me…maybe for a few others too. Happy Friday!!

  7. JD says:

    I am standing here, outside of heaven; waiting for Jesus to write my new name upon my heart as the angels carry me into His presence forever. (I am bawling as I write this)

  8. Michael says:

    God bless you, JD…

  9. Michael says:

    CK… may it be true for us all…

  10. Em ... again says:

    good post, good comments and a good reminder to take stock of things now passed that we have to be grateful for
    but, i do have to ask a question that came to mind as i read of the autographs… how does one sign a hockey puck? aren’t they coal black?

  11. Michael says:

    Em, they have a paper team label on top…

  12. Owen says:

    Michael, thank you…

    This is something I have been struggling with for the past 3 years now. Heart-related health challenges have greatly altered what I can and can’t do, and I have found that, unfortunately, my past identity was mostly wrapped up in what I could do. Now most of that has been stripped away.
    Thank you for the reminder that all things ARE possible…..

  13. Michael says:

    I’m going through the same things.
    What I discovered is that I can still do a lot …just not the same.
    Within my limits there is still a lot of life to be lived.
    Hang in there …

  14. Owen says:

    Thanks, Michael.. šŸ™‚

    It’s the limits that I struggle with. Actually, when I think about it, what I struggle with more is listening to where God is taking this. It’s been very difficult to let go of what I used to be. I feel like I’m disappointing my family. Of course, they reaffirm constantly that I am not.
    But I am my own worst critic.
    Being open to how God wants me to live now is the challenge.

  15. Owen says:

    And it’s awesome to hear that Vichon finally got hall of fame. Seriously, it’s about time.
    A guy who starts his career with a save on Gordie Howe? And they wait that long to induct him?

    But then I have a love for goaltenders anyway… I lived in Edmonton AB during the Gretzky years, and really enjoyed watching Billy Ranford stand on his head making saves… šŸ˜‰

  16. surfer51 says:

    In 1972 I went to the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood and saw Gordie Howe play in an All-Star game.

    It was spectacular!

    I love hockey skates.

    Here in southern CA we don’t get much snow or rain.

    But I am real good on those skates, lots of practice.

  17. Paige says:

    This is a truly beautiful post…. inspiring, encouraging and a reality check for us all.
    I loved reading of your boyhood experience.
    Seems like when there is more years behind us that potential years ahead, we do savor those influential memories.

    While the outer man is perishing, the inner man is being renewed, day by day… some days more ….or less….than others. Renewal seems to look and feel different than it used to.

    Our shared destiny and destination is to put off this earthly tent… This mortal must put on immortality…. That is my hope.

  18. Michael says:

    Thanks, Paige!

  19. Nonnie says:

    Amen, Paige.

    Beautiful post, Michael. It’s humbling to think of how a bit a patience and some kind and encouraging words can impact a young person’s life. God help us remember this.

  20. Michael says:

    Thank you, Nonnie!

  21. Pam Kulwiec says:

    Just when I think your writing can’t touch my heart any deeper you go and get to the crevices! I sure needed to be reminded of this today!

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