The other evening I was clearing away a few leaves and Lois was puttering around the outside of the house. It was a lingering fall evening–the kind that gives you the sense that they are short and few and will soon be gone. She lit some candles on the porch and in the house. My heart was glad for her. We are different in many ways, but the longer we live together (almost 40 now) the more I see that the things we agree on are powerful.
-We both deeply love Jesus and want to build our lives on the truth of the Bible.
-We both a devoted to our children and grandchildren–that they would know and love the Lord.
-We love our home, Bittersweet Farm… and know it was a special gift of God to us.
-We are deeply thankful for Bethel Church and know it, too was a special grace from God to us.
-We are both child-like, intuitive, creative types…
-We don’t worry–we are not overly “responsible” That keeps us young and light on our feet.
But there are a couple things more that we agree on that are as small as they are sweet.
We like to light small lights to drive out the darkness and create and atmosphere. That is one reason we like to say; “On Bittersweet Farm every day is a beautiful day and the little light in the kitchen is always on.” We believe in the little light in the kitchen…
And another is like unto it… We don’t have to, but we like to get home before dark. We are often out late, of course because of the ministry or visiting family… but on an evening when we go out for a drive or for coffee, or when we go to Horton for ice cream… we like to leave and time our trip so we pull back into Bittersweet farm before dark…. In the dusk the little light burning within welcome us home… Going around lighting up dark places and seeing people home before dark… that is what we are about.
And may all the children be home before dark.
Summit Township, Michigan
October 26, 2018