Recently I had a unexpected inspiration moment. My wife, Judy and I have just moved to a comfortable senior apartment complex in Brainerd, Mn. We both felt the time was right for this move, even though it would mean down-sizing, making new friends, and finding a new church home. After our decision to move, it so happened that our daughter, who was going to eventually move into our lake place with her family, lost their home during hurricane Michael in Florida. We were glad to welcome our daughter into our home, since they were now homeless. We could see God’s hand in the move.
On the second night of occupying our new apartment, I was out walking at dusk and happened to be looking up at our apartment window. I saw Judy sitting at her desk, busy writing on her computer. It is hard to explain the sensation I had as I looked at her in the window. I was very thankful that the attractive women I saw in the second story window was my wife. I was filled with gratitude for being married these past 53 years to such a wonderful helpmate. She is a crown in my life, helping make me a better man. “A virtuous and excellent wife [worthy of honor] is the crown of her husband” (Prov. 12:4).
In Proverbs 18:22 we read, “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.” I can certainly testify to the way in which God has blessed me through my wife. I could never have made this move without Judy by my side. Our decision to move off the lake to an apartment in town was a major step for both of us. We saw it, at our age, as probably our last great adventure together. We have felt that God had prepared us for this new journey. Through prayer and discernment we knew this was what we should be doing at this stage in our lives. We leaned on each other through the whole process. I am very grateful to have my bride by my side. She is a wonderful help mate
Now that I have been out of parish life for almost nine years, my wife is flourishing in her spiritual gifts. I see my role as supporting and encouraging her ministry, after having her faithful support for 40 years. Her daily devotions which are read by well over a 100 persons continues to bring daily encouragement and inspiration. I am truly amazed at how God speaks to her as she writes her daily blog. It is a gift from God. Judy is the greatest earthly treasure I have. “An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], who is he who can find her? Her value is more precious than jewels and her worth is far above rubies or pearls. The heart of her husband trusts in her [with secure confidence], and he will have no lack of gain” (Prov. 31:10-11 -Amplified).
When my wife published her first book of devotions, I wrote in the forward that my wife was the most consistent Christian I have known. She has an inner beauty, “the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit [one that is calm and self-controlled, not overanxious, but serene and spiritually mature] which is very precious in the sight of God” (I Peter 3:4 – amplified). This gives a description of the woman I saw in the window of our new home at “Northern Lakes Senior Living.”