A Valentine’s Lesson from a Husband Who Botched It

2 loveAlright, husbands, here we go. Today’s the big day. It’s time to muster our level best and not drop the ball on Valentine’s Day.

It’s not too late to make plans, or give them an upgrade — though it might be hard work scrambling at the last minute.

Even so, sometimes our best of Valentine’s intentions go awry. And when we botch it, at least we should try to learn something from it.

Here’s what John Piper learned (perhaps among other things) from botching a Valentine’s dinner. He told the story one Easter Sunday in the sermon “Irrevocable Joy.” (The Scripture text is the words of Jesus in John 16:22: “You have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”)

Noël and I went downtown for a special Valentine’s Day dinner last February 14. It was one of the many dates I have botched over the 20 years of our marriage. The restaurant I had chosen especially for her was closed. It was cold as we walked around trying to find another one. We wound up at a fast food place in the center of the city sitting by a window overlooking 8th Street.We sat there looking around at this great city. The street was dark and almost deserted. There was trash in the gutter. The little street level shops seemed worn and chintzy. The few people walking around gave the appearance that made you wonder whether more cocaine might be sold that night than chow mein and egg rolls.

The glitzy hotel facades looked pretty weak against the darkness — like they were hoping against hope that rich people would want to come down and spend some time here. The magnificent new lighting of the Norwest Bank building that gives a fairyland flavor to the Minneapolis skyline sheds no light on the streets beneath. The doors were locked.

I got the eerie feeling that this exploding downtown, this urban pearl and pride of the upper Midwest, with all its upscale shops and classy hotels and stunning skyscrapers, is built on sand. I got the sinking feeling in my stomach that the millions and millions of dollars that have been poured into downtown Minneapolis could, with just the slightest turn of popular displeasure, become a billion dollar boondoggle — a dark, sleazy, dirty downtown slum where nobody wants to be.

The Fragility of This Life and World

Piper continues,

I mention this just to illustrate how even the big enterprises of our life and culture are very fragile. We plan and we save and we build, and things look good and successful, and then it starts to collapse. And we can’t believe it. Nobody comes to shop. Nobody rents the office space. Retailers begin to leave. The streets are deserted. The hotels can’t pull the conventions. Restaurants close. The pushers move in. The gangs take over. And pretty soon the unthinkable has happened. The pearl is ruined. The Timberwolves don’t stay. The new convention center can’t fill its schedule. And all that’s left is cheap sleaze and empty buildings.It has happened elsewhere. It could happen here. And it can happen in your own life. We are very fragile. Not much is sure and firm and solid in our lives. That’s why this word from Jesus is very precious to me. “No one will take your joy from you.” You’ve heard of unconditional guarantees — warranties that seem too good to be true? Have you ever heard of any product that says: “In this you will find pleasure and no one will take your pleasure from you”? If you read that on some box or bottle, you would smirk and call it marketing ballyhoo.

But that’s what Jesus says. Minneapolis may come “a-tumblin’ down,” and all the money be lost and the dreams be dashed, but, “No one will take your joy from you.”

by David Mathis

Merry Christmas to the one I love!

Merry Christmas

to the one I love,

the one

God brought to me!

Jeremiah 29:11

,,For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a  future.”

 

How blessed I am in knowing that our marriage is not about me or about you, but about us and the plan and purpose God has for our lives.

What a joy it is to discover it with you moment by moment, to live it with you day by day and to share it with you always, out of the treasure house of our love.

Merry Christmas my love!

May you have faith to inspire you,

Hope to sustain you,

Joy and songs to cherish you,

Peace to comfort you,

Love to bless you,

through a life time of caring and sharing together!

,,When God brings two people together in marriage, He not only reveals His loving plan, but He also establishes His glorious purpose for their future.”  –Roy Lessin

 

Merry Christmas my love!

Merry Christmas to my pastor and his wife

I am happy to say:

Merry Christmas

to our pastor and his wife

and their children!

1 Tesaloniceni 3:9

,,Cum putem noi oare să mulţumim îndeajuns lui Dumnezeu cu privire la voi, pentru toată bucuria pe care o avem din pricina voastră, înaintea Dumnezeului nostru?”

,,For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God.”

 

Lord,

Thank You

for bringing these  wonderful people into our lives.

Thank You

for all You have done through them so far,

and all You are yet to do.

We pray

they will always know they are loved,

appreciated, and supported,

not only by You,  but also by us.

May

Your hand be upon them

as they serve You,

and with each passing year

may they be blessed more and more by You.

You

are the Giver of all good things

and we are so thankful

that You have given these very special people

to our church.

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We bless you  all in the Name of Jesus!

May the beauty and joy of Christ(mas) fill your world!

May the peace of  Christ(mas) fill your heart!

May the love of Christ(mas) fill our church always!

At this Christmas,

we are thanking God for you,

and thinking of you

with joy and appreciation!

I celebrate my Redeemer at Christmas!

Job 19:25

,,I know my Redeemer lives,

and that in the end

He will stand upon the earth.”

I know that my Redeemer lives!

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I see His love is everywhere.

I see it in the caring smiles and warmth that people share.

I see it in my family, friends, church and every answered prayer.

I know that my Redeemer lives!

I know His victory sets me free to live each day in joy with faith in all that’s yet to be.

I know I have a future! One day I will see Him and my joy will be complete.

And to know my way is safe because He always watches over me.

I know that my Redeemer lives!

I hope

your Christmas is blessed with a very real sense of just

how near the Lord always is to you,

and just how much He loves you!

 

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

May the Christ of Christmas fill

your life with joy and hope,

your soul with peace

 and your heart with songs.