During Lent, which I’ve decided this year will be a season of thanksgiving, I’m reminded repeatedly of the thankfulness I have for people whose lives have in the past, do in the present, and will in the future intersect mine.
For over 40 years, I’ve been doing life with this guy. The first characteristic attracting me to Ron was his mellow baritone speaking voice. Even though many miles have separated us at times during our marriage, there have been fewer than a dozen days when I’ve not been able to hear my husband’s voice—a sound which always speaks safety and stability.
As I write those words, I’m reminded that’s how I feel when I hear the ‘still, small voice’ of God’s Spirit speaking to my soul—a voice which scripture promises will never leave me and will never let me down.
If my husband—with all the limitations that come from being just-a-guy—manages to convey love and acceptance to this very flawed lady, how much greater is the unconditional love and extravagant grace a perfect, all-knowing God shows me.
One of the best parts of this segment of our marriage is the ability to travel to new places together. Now, honestly, my husband isn’t crazy about travel. He’d just as soon stay close to home. He’s willing to travel to places like Vermont (photo above taken during our trip to New England in October 2019) because he knows the experience brings me deep pleasure. He never begrudges accompanying his wife who’s filled with wanderlust, and he always ends up finding joy in the journey behind the lens of his beloved camera.
I know from comments I’ve received that Ron’s photos—especially scenes from nature—have blessed you. Partnering with my husband in doing the Listening on the Journey… blog has been a wonderful answer to one of those “Surprise me, God” prayers I love to pray.
For the foreseeable future, I will continue to craft words, and my husband will continue to snap photos. Hopefully, both will continue to point you in the direction of a never-changing God in our always-changing worlds.
God of Perfect Relationship,
Thank you for allowing us to journey through our days with others.
Thank you for the gift of rich, life-giving relationships with others and especially You.
Help me never take for granted your never-ending grace and love.