“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 4
This is one of my favorite Scripture verses as it probably is for many parents. Today was especially joyous for Bob and I as we listened to our oldest son’s testimony on his last day as Youth Pastor at Nashville Chinese Baptist Church. Bo and his wife Jennifer are expecting our first grandchild, little Isabella, in just a few weeks and he felt it was time to step down in this role he has held for five years so that he can devote his free time to their first child. It was so inspiring to hear how God has worked in his life. He quoted Paul’s message in Romans 8:28 as the guiding force in his life these past few years as he and Jennifer have dealt with her illness and how blessed they are that God is providing this miracle baby to them.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose.”
We enjoyed this special morning with our youngest son Scott and Jennifer’s mother, who just arrived from Shanghai to help with the baby for the first year. And, on Friday night we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the church and the special night they had arranged for Bo and Jennifer. Delicious food, wonderful comments from the members thanking Bo and Jennifer for their dedication to the youth and then a church-wide baby shower. More than 75 people attended – over half of the membership. It was so much fun. Before the gifts were opened, many offered “baby” advice- all very good and some very funny. I was so proud and so thankful that we were there to enjoy this special time in their life.
God has blessed us with two wonderful sons- both dedicated to Christ and to furthering the kingdom. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.