Friday, August 27, 2010

Elevenly is Heavenly

Eleven years ago today I had the joy of being the first man to fall in love with the most beautiful, lovely little girl I had ever seen in my life up to that time.  (Since then the record has been splendidly tied.)  These days this charming, pulchritudinous young lady enjoys watercolor painting...

playing the piano...

...and reading great books.

Calli, my prayer for you on this birthday is that you'll always prize the Lord Jesus Christ as your greatest treasure, and that the imperishable beauty of your faith in him will overcome the world.

"Little child, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world... For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world -- our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"
... 1 John 4 & 5

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.... Though you have not seen him, you love him.  Though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your soul.... let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious."
... 1 Peter 1 & 3

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