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From May 20, 2016

A Reflection
  by Pastor Cliff

Dear Friend:

Karen and I have been married thirty-seven years. Iíll never forget the first time I saw her. It was a summer Friday night. Some friends had invited me to their home for dinner. When I walked in, I immediately noticed a new face, the face of a young lady Iíd never seen before. There was something intriguing about her, even at a distance. As I got to meet her, there was this desire to get to know her better. It wasnít long before I wanted to talk about a full-time, lifelong relationship with her. Three years later, when I popped the big question, she said yes. Others said we didnít know what we were doing. They were right. But I wouldnít trade it for the world. Now for nearly four decades I have shared life with the most compelling person in my life.

But, you know, I donít continue to live with her because of the vows we made long ago, as important as they are. Nor because of my strong commitment to the institution of marriage. Nor because itís the respectable thing to do. No, I am driven to be with Karen because of the developing relationship we have with each other. Nothing, save our commitments to Christ, is valued more. Life is measured, for me, by the closeness of the relationship with the one who stands by me. Please take a moment today to praise God for the relationships you have with others.

Have a blessed weekend!



Cliff Houston
Interim Pastor, FBCR


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