Today I received these pictures from Marie Prime, who sweetly tracked me down on Facebook and sent them to me. The pictures are of my wonderful grandson, Joel Buxton. He was preaching a special meeting in Ontario, California, and from the reports I have received he did a magnificent job. His dad, my son, Steve, is shown on the fourth picture from last, his mother is in the green jacket, and his beautiful wife is pictured in the next to the last shot.
I cried when I looked at these pictures. I cried for joy; cried because I am so blessed, so honored, so favored. How privileged I am to have my family involved in the work of God. Think about it: My darling grandson, all grown up, with three little boys of his own, having been tapped, selected, anointed by God to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am indeed most blessed among women. Think about it: My dad was a preacher, my husband is a preacher, my eldest and youngest sons, Steve and Andrew, are preachers. My son, Michael, though not ordained, teaches classes at our church every week, and is one of the greatest soul-winners I know. I sit today humbled and sincerely grateful, understanding that in no way do any of us deserve such gifting, such commendation, such opportunity. These are gifts of God.
When I saw these pictures today, a certain portion of scripture came to mind that I’d like to share with you this Sunday afternoon. It is found in the first chapter of Philippians, and is a letter from Paul to the saints at the church in Philippi.
“I think my God upon every remembrance of you.
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
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