It’s over half way through December, and Melissa and I are near our Anniversary on the 19th! In lieu of celebration, even though we are a sunset apart, my favorite song this week is “Jesus, I Come” by Shelly Moore Band. This was the song my pretty bride was walking to on her way to find me under our wedding day willow tree two years ago. I had never heard this song until a few weeks before the wedding as we finalized our music selection for our memorable day together. Melissa had this song in mind, and once you listen to it, there is no question why not!
This past week I’ve had some time to catch up on reading and watching some videos. I finished a documentary series called “The Long Way Down.” Melissa sent me the DVDs to watch, and it’s been a great escape to follow this week. A little background of the story, actor Ewan McGregor and his friend Charley Boorman team up once again for an epic motorcycle journey, this time from the northern most point of Scotland all the way down to the southern most point of Africa! Their documented journey took them over 15,000 miles through 18 countries, viewing some of the most amazing landscapes, animals, and cultures. The adventure was so much fun to watch, but I wish Melissa was watching with me, just as we watched the first series together titled “The Long Way Round” (which was their motorcycle trip from London to New York-going East!) What hit me the most this week was when their journey was complete 85 days later, and how much Charley was saying he missed his wife and children. When the excitement hit of Charley holding his family in his arms he shared of how much he had dreamed of holding them while he was away for so long. I can definitely relate, and I have definitely been dreaming of holding my wife in my arms too! It’s hard to believe that I have been away from Melissa for 101 days now, with nearly 101 more days to go. Soon enough ;)
On my off day I read through an entire book titled, “Heaven Is For Real,” by Todd Burpo, which was suggested to me awhile back by my sister Jama. If you don’t know the story, you really need to read the book! A four year old boy was hours away from dying due to a burst appendix. It turns out little Colton really did die, briefly, and spent that time with Jesus in Heaven. The descriptions of Heaven and Jesus from the boy are magnificent. However, what is more inspiring are how valid his experiences are in relation to theology, stuff that a four year old could not possibly come up with on his own. After reading the book, I am even more excited about the time I too can be with Jesus! I’m also so blessed to have a wife full of faith in the Lord!
Awhile back I read about the coming of God’s Kingdom in the Gospel of Luke 17:34, which Jesus states, “I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left.” If that is not motivation to know Jesus, then I don’t know what is. Don’t be the one left behind, or your spouse. Now listen to some of the words to the song, “Jesus I come, Jesus I come. Into that blessed will to abide, Jesus I come to thee.” I pray our married family and friends, and Melissa and I will continue to grow with the Lord in (y)our hearts, with a greater will to worship and adore. Then, whenever our day comes we can worship with Jesus together in Heaven, a place beyond our knowledge, dreams, or imagination!