Saturday, April 3, 2010

Dear Dutch,

Romans 11.29 says, “God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.” The word irrevocable in Greek means “without repentance” or “not to be repented of,” implying that when God chooses to bestow His favor and calling on someone, He never regrets it.

He’s never sorry. And I can’t help but think that this is because salvation and sanctification depend entirely upon Him. He doesn’t doubt Himself. He knows He can finish the work He began in us because the work is His to do – and He has done it!

He knows our end from our beginning. He sees the verdant silhouette of the sprawling tree inside the acorn long before it has begun to sprout. Its telos – or completion – is inevitable because the process of teleological evolution, once begun, cannot be rescinded.

I wholeheartedly believe that God has placed an irrevocable call on your life. My heart is with you just as Deborah’s heart was with Israel’s princes who rode into battle, “with the willing volunteers among the people” (Judges 5.9).

I am so proud to be your wife and I cannot wait to see what He accomplishes in and through you.

Happy, happy, happy birthday,

Love, Your Dutch-ess


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Joseph Anfuso said...

Beautiful, Heather. You are truly fortunate to have a godly husband like Hessel. And he, of course, is fortunate to have a dear and devoted Dutchess like you. Your post is a testament to both.

e said...

i was going to say the exact same thing as 惠蘋惠蘋, but he beat me to it! Instead I'll just say that Hessel, well, he's a lucky man. And also, given his new age, to avoid the Sanhedrin this year.