It has been a whirl wind of a couple weeks here. Feel like this is the first time I have been able to be alone and just reflect. So many high’s and low’s. Levi, my son, made it to states se) taking 4th at regionals (wrestling of course, last weekend. That was awesome to see him win, as he worked so hard, even with a knee injury he did not give up. I am so proud of Levi on so many levels! After that we went to Hudson, MI to see Wendy’s folks. Randy has a surgery this week.It was a great Saturday. Our whole family was together this weekend, and then together at regionals. it was all so special to me and warmed and swelled my heart. We have also had a marriage banquet Wendy and I spoke at, I daily check on my dad, and I had some presbyter meetings, and the services on the weekends. I am thankful for my staff that keep on top of things when we are all so busy.
The sadness of Marty’s sudden passing still haunts me. I miss my friend. I miss his encouragement, chats, carving, and presence. I know we will all go one, but, pastors don’t have too many voices in their lives like Marty’s. He was an amazing encourager.
We went to Grand Rapids, Michigan yesterday to hear Justin preach at a sr. chapel at Northpoint Bible College. Man it was good. He is a brilliant young man and spoke an amazing message of humility. It was simply solid, and profound. I am thankful for him and his entrance into our family. What a blessing he is and to know he is taking care of my daughter, is awesome. They are such a great couple and we are so proud of them. God has a great plan for their lives and is going to use them for His glory.
We got back late after a nice stop to have dinner with Steve and Lillian Miller. They pastor a great church in Three Rivers and we have been friends for years. He is a great encourager also. Steve’s joy and laughter was a refreshing welcome to my soul.
I did manage to get out and finish a carving that has been half done on the bench for a couple of months. It has been so busy, so carving goes first of course. I needed to make time. I know Marty would have liked this one. He would comment that I am getting better on the nose, and the stocking cap was cool
Today is a study day and prep day for the week so I had better continue on that. My heart is thankful for God’s continuing strength and presence. I am grateful for so much and the Lord’s grace.