Let’s Chat! Life & Last Trains

Welcome, everyone!

Life. There’s so much of it to ruminate on.

Lately my rumination into life has taken me to thoughts of lasting impressions and last trains. And to a question I doubt I’ve asked myself before: How many human beings have I encountered in my life? 

Let’s see . . .

Like you, life began with my mother. The doctor who delivered me. My father who held me. The nurses who tended me. My brothers.

It progressed from my home to church, school, doctors’ offices, hospitals, courtrooms, highways, stores, libraries, restaurants, offices, playing fields, neighborhoods, entertainment venues, buses, planes, ships, trains, a family of my own, and on and on. 

Only God knows the number.

Leaving Impressions

Like you, most of the folks I’ve encountered left no impression whatsoever. I was only vaguely aware we shared the same general space. If they disappeared, I’d notice the empty spaces but not the people who had filled them. 

A handful left fleeting impressions. I could’ve told you some tidbit about them at the time, but I forgot them in minutes or hours, sometimes days.

Others left more significant impressions that stayed with me for weeks or months. Some, even years. But even they have faded now.

But a few—a select and unique few—have left such deep impressions on my thinking, feeling, and behaving that I’ll carry them with me until my body or memory fails.

As it turns out, purely coincidentally, one of those is the only train engineer I’ve known. His name is Eddie Largen. And he’s preparing for the end of his life.

Why Eddie?

It isn’t because he was a train engineer, although that does set him apart. 

Nor is it because of his good looks. He’s been easy on the eyes all his life.

It isn’t because he’s a Christian, although that is true.

It isn’t because we married into the same family. We did. 

Nor is it because he’s a sterling son, husband, father, and grandfather. He is.

Lasting Impressions

I‘ll  remember Eddie for his unabashed, authentic enthusiasm. It’s unforgettable. 

Unabashed. Eddie is enthusiastic whether others share his fervor or not. His passion finds its own time and place.

Authentic. There’s no need for Eddie to fake or force enthusiasm. It’s part and parcel of WHO he is. 

Enthusiasm made Eddie a skilled train engineer who stayed the course in more ways than one. He provided a stable home and legacy for his girls and grandchildren and love and security for his wife, Sandra.

Enthusiasm has made Eddie a well-groomed gentleman. An able builder. An exceptional singer. Bible student. Christian. A devoted son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. Friend.

Eddie’s Last Train

Eddie’s enthusiasm will translate into Glory. I can see him now—meeting, greeting, shaking hands and chewing the fat. Laughing. Singing. Enjoying a banquet. Running with his arms stretched wide and hollering, “Jesus! Jesus!” 

Move aside, angels and saints. Eddie Largen’s last train is coming ’round the bend.

You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
John 16:20b NIV

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The Name of Jesus

There’s just something about the name of Jesus, isn’t there?

I love how Bill and Gloria Gaither put it:

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
 Like a fragrance after the rain
… Let all heaven and earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms may all pass away
But there’s something about that name
© 1970 William J. Gaither, Inc. 

The ways He’s everything to me are limitless. (Tweet This!) Here are a few:


Jesus is God.
Jesus is God. Without Him I would never know God..


The Great I AM
He’s the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega. He’s where I’ve come from and where I’m going.
Without Him I’d be purposeless, rudderless, and joyless. Life would be meaningless.


I could see nothing at all without Jesus, who is Light.


The world would be devoid of fragrance without Jesus.
Life would be tasteless without Him.
I would live in a formless and colorless world if not for Jesus.


I can greet each new day with gratitude. He’s the spring from which it flows.
Without Him death would consume me.
He is my strength and productivity. Without Him I would shrivel up and die.
He is my stability and renewal.
I would starve without Him.
Jesus is my eternity.

My Protector and Provider

Without Him I would be defenseless.
I would be directionless without Jesus, hopelessly lost.
I would be in want without Him. He leads me to green pastures and restores my soul. He is my rest.

All Things to all Men From the Beginning For all Time

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it. 

6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:1-14

A Simple Prayer

Lord, there’s just something about Your Name. Jesus is the sweetest sound to our ears … taste to our tongues … and fragrance in all the world. We long for you. We praise you. And we speak yours, the sweetest Name in all the world, with all the gratitude our hearts possess. Keep on our knees at Your feet.
~For Jesus sake

2 thoughts on “The Name of Jesus

  1. Marilyn R

    Thankful for the Name of Jesus and the power His Name gives us. A beautiful post, Linda.

    1. Thank you, Marilyn. You encourage my soul. 🙂


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