Tomorrow is November 11th - It's a holiday. Yes, it is Veteran's Day so let me take this time to say a huge "thank you" to any and all veterans of our nation's military who might happen by this blog for the part you played and the sacrifice you made to keep our country free.
But tomorrow, November 11th, is also a special holiday for another reason - it is my wife, Laura's, birthday. I have always tried to make birthdays for Laura special. A couple years back her birthday fell on a Sunday and so I lined the stage with vases, each containing a single rose. There was one rose for each year of her age. Twice we celebrated her birthday over in Israel - once in Bethlehem and once in Jerusalem.
But this year Laura's b-day comes during a transitional time in our lives so there won't be as much opportunity for the "added specialties." But, that's okay. I can honestly say that I am more in love with my wife now than I ever have been. That has been one of my four main prayers through this time of ministry transition - that God would use this time to allow me to do four things:
Fall more in love with Jesus!
Fall more in love with my wife!
Fall more in love with the local church!
Fall more in love with my calling to be a pastor!
And God has done just that. I am so thankful for Laura and all that she means to me and the support she has been to me. I can't help but think of the words to a D. Morgan print that I bought for her several years ago that is hanging on our living room wall:
One hundred years together
Would surely be too few
For every day all over again
I fall in love with you!
So, if you know my wife (or even if you don't) and you would like to wish her a Happy Birthday on November 11th as well, simply leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be sure she gets it!
Happy Birthday, Laura! I love you!