The Second Greatest Gift

Connecting Points

Friday, December 21, 2012

Today’s Topic: Sweet Love                                                               

Today’s Text:  2 Corinthians 9:15 (ESV) Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

It was a cold night. It was to be expected at this time of the year on the flat plains of North Dakota. But this was the only date that allowed me to keep the tradition intact.

I’m pretty sure she knew what was going on, but it was fun to pretend she didn’t. I picked her up just as it was getting dark, and we drove together for thirty miles to the only town in the area that had a nice supper club. When we arrived I held her door as she exited the car, and we walked hand in hand to the door of the restaurant.

When we got inside I asked for a table for two, and was informed that we would not be allowed to eat there because my date was not yet twenty-one and this was a supper club that served alcohol. Amidst all of the other planning I had done I had not thought of that detail. I tried to pull the hostess aside and whisper to her, but I’m sure it was overheard. I explained my purpose for being there, and I convinced the hostess to allow us to have a table as long as I promised we would not order any alcoholic drinks. I assured her that would not be an issue.

They sat us at a table in the corner, away from everyone else, right next to the swinging door that was the waitress’s entrance to the kitchen. Everything went well with the dinner, and the food was terrific, which helped to distract us from the constant traffic around us and the occasional bump of my chair by the swinging door. After we had finished our steaks, the waitress came to clear the table. In the process, she dropped my greasy plate with all the scraps on it right onto my lap, spilling everything onto my suit. She was so embarrassed, feeling like she had ruined our evening. But nothing could ruin this night.

After she left I got cleaned up, I reached across the table and took the hand of the woman I loved, and presented her with a diamond engagement ring and asked her to marry me. I was thrilled when she said yes, and I get the same thrill today as I write the details of the story. For you see, it was on this day, December 21st, 1974 that I asked Denise to be my wife, and I will never forget or regret it!

It is the second greatest gift I have ever been given, and while I thank God for the incomparable and inexpressible gift of His Son Jesus, I also that God for the indescribable gift of Denise. I am going to spend the rest of my life loving her and preparing her to be given to her true Husband, the Lord Jesus Christ!

Pastor John

2 thoughts on “The Second Greatest Gift

  1. Wow, I am impressed that you remembered the significance of today! I’m afraid I didn’t! Love you too….my first, my last, my everything!


  2. When Denise worked at Augusta Elementary, we were always in awe of the love your husband showered on Denise
    . He sure is consistently loving! Just like our Lord. What an inspiration to married couples you both are. Merry Christmas.
    Mary Zellmer


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