Wasting our lives and glorifying God

Wasting our lives and glorifying God
Notice God's unutterable waste of saints, according to the judgment of the world. God plants His saints in the most useless places. We say - God intends me to be here because I am so useful. Jesus never estimated His life along the line of the greatest use. God puts His saints where they will glorify Him, and we are no judges at all of where that is. ~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, August 10

Monday, November 15, 2010

Our Last Evening In Paris

Deportation Memorial
(Memorial de la Deportation)

This is a memorial to the 200,000 French victims of the Nazi concentration camps.  It's a dark, single file chamber.  Inside the circular plaque in the floor reads "They descended into the mouth of the earth and they did not return."

The corridor-like chamber is lined with 200,000 lighted crystals, one for each French citizen that died.  At one end is an eternal flame of hope.  At the other end is the tomb of the unknown deportee. 

The inscription says "Dedicated to the living memory of the 200,000 French Deportees sleeping in the night and the fog, exterminated in the Nazi concentration camps."  As you exit the message is "Forgive, but never forget" which is the same inscription at all Nazi memorial sights.

We strolled down the Seine enjoying the cooling evening.

Our last meal in Paris at a classic Parisian restaurant

French beer (for Gana, I had champagne)

Look at that lovely hunk of blue cheese

Assorted cold meats, gherkins and bread

Almond crusted trout with boiled potatoes

A little church about a block from our hotel where we stopped in at the end of mass.  From there we picked up our luggage from the lobby of our hotel, Hotel du Champs de Mars and took the Metro to the train station and caught a night train for the coast!


Lady Dorothy said...

I know you were excited to be getting along to Italy, but were you sad leaving Paris?

Gombojav Tribe said...

YES, actually! I could have stayed longer in France. So many other lovely things to see and lovely things to eat! LOL! It was a little sad, because Paris is sooooo romantic! Just being there puts you in a romantic mood. I didn't want to leave. I wanted to bottle up the feelings and take them with me!

But, if we hadn't left Paris we would have discovered our new favorite place in the world. Stayed tuned!

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