Sunday, December 30, 2018

Dear Orange Moon Friends

Dear Friends,

    I can count on one hand the number of messages I've sent out on Sundays (I try to not pester you the first day of the week!).  However, today is really special for Frances and me.  Forty years ago, on December 30, 1978, we became husband and wife.  Having just had a time of prayer together to offer thanks, I feel moved to share a few thoughts (as few as possible, for the reason that follows).

    "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end, Amen" (Ephesians 3:20-21, and the verses we adopted for our marriage and family all those years ago).

    Sometimes we communicate the most by saying or writing the least (a lesson I am still learning, obviously!).  So, I'll just say this:  Frances is the clearest confirmation of our Lord'"exceeding, abundantly above" I have or ever will experience in this lifetime.   It would be foolish and impossible to attempt tell you all the reasons why, but those of you who know her will surely agree.  I was given a gift long ago, a gift that can indeed only be described by the Lord's infinite measure: exceeding abundantly above all I could have ever asked or thought.  So, allow me to simply say that no man ever more understood, realized, and experienced the truth of Solomon's expression of gratitude

"Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the Lord."
(Proverbs 18:22)

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