Four agragian urchins–siblings–circa 1948, in an antique version of a little red wagon. The Grapes of Wrath attire belie a wonderful, well-fed, well-loved childhood with one major upgrade during adolescence–indoor plumbing. All matriculated in a one-room country grade school, one of the last in Illinois, and were brought up in the fear and admonition of the Lord in a little Swedish Lutheran Church built by Grandfather and his friends. All four earned college degrees financed, with some scholarship help, by Dad on 160 acres … and one courageous, compassionate country banker. The younger two of 4 J’s (as Mom signed the Christmas cards) have gone to their reward and the eldest turns 80 tomorrow (Jerilyn, upper left). As the bride’s father sang in Fiddler…, “Swiftly flow the days.”

Life hasn’t been all roses for all of us–God did not promise such–but his goodness and mercy have followed us all our days, and we expect him to continue to fulfill the balance of that promise in his own good time: we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6). Our Sovereign God reigns–what comfort, what peace amid the chaos of this convulsing culture.

James 4:14 (ESV): What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6).

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— (1 Corinthians 2:9)

See you in church.

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