The past six weeks have been very busy for my family. We were blessed to share in the milestones of two of our sons with one graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree and another son graduating from High School. Both of these young men graduated with honors; we (my wife and I) are very proud parents.
We’ve had the opportunity to travel and visit with many friends and family. The presence and the activity of God has been very visible with all our interactions. We are grateful for the overflowing grace of God’s many blessings upon us, our family, and our many friends.
Laurie and I are both extremely active with our respective and collaborative ministries. We are humbled by the various ways God has enlisted us to support and advance his kingdom. We are enriched beyond our wildest imaginations by this gift of grace from him.
I am hopeful to begin posting with greater regularity now that such a busy season has come to a close. I also have many books that I have completed, but have yet to review. I’m looking forward to sharing more in the coming days!
I close this with a prayer the Holy Spirit put upon my heart the other night and led me to write.
“Seek the LORD with his strength; seek his presence continually” (Psalm 105)
O Great and Eternal God, you are the Ancient of Days, You are the Holy Uncreated One who is always present with us—You never tire and you never grow faint; you do not slumber and you are always watchful—You always bring us light.
With every breath I draw, I inhale your Spirit, the very essence and presence of the Living God. You give life to my body and immortality to my soul. You are my Savior Redeemer, my Victorious Christ who invites me to share in the eternal victory over death and the grave.
You give me purpose in this life and glorious hope in my life hereafter. I praise you, O LORD, for the joy and fulfillment that you give me of yourself with each day. Help me, O God, to reject the distractions in this life—help me to deny the temptation to strike out on my own, down the dangerous path of moving out ahead of you.
My gracious and patient Father, I desire no thing but you; therefore, I ask your assistance, help me by your Spirit, to remain true to this holy desire—to want no thing but you—May my flesh never betray my soul.
I am your Bride and you are my Lover.
May we be wholly unified and holy One, as Christ, my Lord, prayed: “I am in you as you are in me.” This is your will as it has been spoken.
Lord, you have taught us that without love, whatever we do is worth nothing: Send forth your Holy Spirit and pour into my heart your greatest gift to us, which is love—the true bond of peace and of all virtue.
Bless the LORD! Who forgives all my iniquity, who redeems my life from the pit…who satisfies me with good as long as I live. He will not always accuse; nor does he deal with me according to my sin. As far as the east is from the west, so far he removes my transgressions from me. The LORD has compassion for me; he remembers that I am dust. Bless the LORD, O my soul! (Psalm 103)
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.