Blog by John Burton
By John Burton on 04/29/2013
If all goes well my daughter Joy and her fiancée, Justin, will be married by this Sunday evening.
I have a lot of mixed feelings about that:
My prayer is that God will bless Joy and Justin and that they will always have a close relationship with God.
Marriage is not as popular as it once was – mostly because of the large number of painful divorces that people experience. One cannot dismiss the pain associated with those divorces but to give up on finding a loving mate because of the potential of a painful divorce is a bit like giving up the hope of a bright new day because of an overnight thunderstorm. If I may use a baseball analogy, too many people settle for trying to hit a single for fear of striking out. Not many people ever hit a homerun when trying just to get to first base.
A lot of people in our church have hit homeruns – finding and making a long, lasting, loving marriage. We salute them and look up to them as examples and role models for great marriages. At the same time we should remember that some of them had a strikeout before they hit their homerun. Isn’t it great that they had the courage to come back out of the dugout and take another swing at love – and eventually hit a homerun!
While I am away the youth will play! Actually, they will be hard at work leading our morning worship service on May 5th. I know that they and Olivia and all the parents who have been helping are planning for a great Sunday in worship. I think that in terms of the service, they too can hit a homerun. I hope that you will be there to cheer if they do so. Whatever is the equivalent of bringing your glove to a Rangers’ game in hopes of catching a home run ball – well bring it to worship in hopes of catching something beautiful and wonderful. Whatever you do – don’t stay home because this game is not going to be televised!
See you when I get back!