Whenever I hear or think of “a golden moment” I think of Kay’s Uncle Buddy. Whenever we were together as a family enjoying, sharing & laughing with one another, Buddy would smile and say, “this is a golden moment”. Most of the time it was made golden because of Buddy’s presence and his love for the Savior and others. Buddy is no longer with us but is in the presence of Jesus Christ. Buddy no longer has golden moments, they are eternal.

I consider the past two days with my wife as golden. Our afternoons have been filled with laughter, memorizing God’s word and preaching the gospel to one another using the prose section of Milton Vincent’s, The Gospel Primer. We decided after supper tonight and for 12 subsequent evenings, we would read a chapter aloud from Frederick Leahy’s, He Cross He Bore. We thought this would be a great way to prepare for the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. The chapter we read tonight is entitled Man of Sorrows. Leahy stated that 1/3 of the record of the passion in the New Testament is on Christ’s suffering. In this chapter, he sets the stage with reminding us that Christ “plunged into an abyss of anguish so intense that he declared himself overwhelmed to the point of death”. One following section for chapter one made a significant impact.

“True, the physical aspect of his death has much in common with other deaths , but there the comparison ends. He died as a surety for his people and as their Substitute. not only must he experience physical death, but also he must taste eternal death–damnation–separation from God! In all of this he must grapple with Satan and destroy death itself.”

To say the least, Kay and I were moved and reminded of the mental, emotional & spiritual suffering that Christ endured before the physical ever began. Our evening ended with a time of singing and prayer. We sang out of the The Worship Songbook from Sovereign Grace Ministries, and ended with a song that we have deemed “our song”. The title, Mercies Anew, speaks for itself. We have decided that it is a perfect song to sing at the conclusion of each evening. Enjoy the words of verse one…

Every morning that breaks there are mercies anew

Every breath that I take is your faithfulness prove

and at the end of each day, when my labors are through

I will sing of your mercies anew

And your mercies they will never end; for ten thousand

years they remain. And when this world’s beauty has passed away,

your mercies will be unchanged.

What a wonderful way to end the day with an amazing wife, feasting on our Savior…A GOLDEN MOMENT.

Kay…You are an expression of God’s incredible grace and mercy…your love for me puts the Gospel on display…I love you!