Mercy and Love

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

How are you today?

Things are at a high level of preparation at our house. The dining room table is loaded with gift bags, counters are full of food, and the desk tops loaded down with last minute reminders. On Saturday, our youngest child, Dane is marrying Kelly. 

I have been to 350 weddings give or take,  340 as the officiating pastor. The wedding on Saturday is different. I will take my position next to the lady I was blessed to marry on July 30,1983, Mrs. Amy Faith Jensen. I will watch on as my son and daughter in law make vows. As many of you have done, they will make promises that they intend to keep in a future filled with the unknown.

In over 31 years of pastoring, I have used many sermon illustrations and teachings to try and help couples get off to a strong start that will end well. One of my favorite stories is perhaps the simplest I have used:

An old rancher was walking his land with a young friend. The young friend was about to be wed. He asked the rancher, “How have you stayed faithfully married to Mary for over 50 years?”

The old rancher pulled out his pocket watch, and he said, ”I reckon the answer is right here.”

The young friend inquired, ”How is the answer in your pocket watch?” “Well”, said the old rancher, “My father-in-law gave me this on my wedding day (he flipped the watch open and read the inscription.) See here where it says ‘tell Mary today that you love her.’ Ain't no better advice I’ve been given, its helped to keep our marriage together for over 50 years.”

In most respects the future is unknown. About all we know that we can count on is the mercy of Christ Jesus. That mercy offers us a love that is plentiful and willing to overflow out of us and onto family, friends, the stranger, and spouses. Thanks be to God! Dane and Kelly, find a way each day to “say I love you” to the other.

Prayers: For the Meador family as Debbi deals with cancer, for Tony Petrucelli and Scott Maclay both recovering from shoulder surgery, for Rodney Jackson who is scheduled for foot surgery on Oct 17th, for all effected by hurricanes, for Dane Jensen and Kelly Olson, and for you.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

1 comment (Add your own)

1. wrote:
Very well said. Randy

Thu, September 28, 2017 @ 3:27 PM

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