The Joys of Life-Long Loving

I am finishing up today in the south of France. Tomorrow I’m taking a train from Narbonne to Paris, to meet Sara who will be arriving from the States. We will be catching another train to go out and spend some time in Angers with some brothers and sisters who invited us to come. After four days in Angers, we will return to Paris for some private holiday time before we head over to Ireland and gather with some dear friends there.

Yesterday, Joni posted a comment on my previous blog that posed a question I thought many others would like to hear an answer to. So, Joni, I’ve taken the liberty of reposting our comment here, and adding my response at the end.

Love your transparency as always. Are you guys working on a marriage book together? Thought I heard that somewhere sometime in the past. Must be sweet to be so loved by Papa. This is what pastoring looks like, sharing the struggle of the journey is so helpful. I know in my own marriage as we age I am really seeing with more clarity why the marriage metaphor is the one He chose to reflect our relationship with Him. Between my marriage and parenting He really teaches me well and loves me beyond my wildest imagination. I hope you get hit with a little Cupid in Paris Wayne and find a little romance with Sara in the city. Thank you so much for keeping it real with us.

I don’t know that I believe in this Cupid guy, but we are looking for a whole lot more than a little romance in Paris. It is Sara’s favorite city and this time is God’s gift to her.

To answer your question, however, we’re still working on the MARRIAGE together! Once we get that sorted out, we’ll think about a book. 😉

Seriously, though, we’ve talked about doing a book for some time on this topic, and have begun to collect and organize what God has shown us over the years. But then we go through a yet another season of God peeling off a layer of the onion, and our relationship shifts yet again to a much deeper reality. So, we’re never sure when we’re actually going to be able to write it—that we’re deep enough into this journey, especially when we’re writing on the joys of life-long loving. Ideally, I guess we would finish the book the day before one of us passes away! That would take an immense sense of timing, and by then the end of the age may be upon us and the book would be irrelevant anyway.

So, yes, we are working on a book, but I have no idea when we’ll be able to release it. We wouldn’t have wanted to have finished it last year, with what’s going on now. This is the BEST part of our journey together and we are learning the best lessons that in many ways are the culmination of so many things we have only seen in part before. I am so excited about what he is doing in us at the moment and know it will be an important part of the story for others in time.

So, we will have to see when and if we actually get the book done! As with most things I want to write about these days, the living of the reality in his work is so much more profound, then trying to describe it for others. I trust the Spirit will nudge us on the day he wants us to actually finish writing this book if it is on his heart.

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  1. Howard SCHULTZ May 29, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Wayne and Sarah right on and so there it goes all things work together for the good for those that are called accordingly to the grace of God. Just keep on keeping on in the trust, for Father will never forsake any of us that believe in him
    Love howard

  2. Howard SCHULTZ May 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Wayne and Sarah right on and so there it goes all things work together for the good for those that are called accordingly to the grace of God. Just keep on keeping on in the trust, for Father will never forsake any of us that believe in him
    Love howard

  3. Penny Dugan May 30, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Yeah, we will look forward to this new book, and glad you can add this portion too, remember you can always write it and have a Book II.
    I just arrived in S.Carolina (a 12 hour drive from St. Louis), and I see there was an earthquake in Italy? Are you all okay?

    Bless you and enjoy……

    Penny

  4. Penny Dugan May 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Yeah, we will look forward to this new book, and glad you can add this portion too, remember you can always write it and have a Book II.
    I just arrived in S.Carolina (a 12 hour drive from St. Louis), and I see there was an earthquake in Italy? Are you all okay?

    Bless you and enjoy……

    Penny

  5. Wayne May 30, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    We are fine. No earthquakes here. We are currently in Angers seeing some of the Loire Valley and meeting with some young families who have freshly started on this journey. This will be great fun. Today we will visit one of the castles on the Loire. We silly Americans like castles for some reason!

  6. Wayne May 31, 2012 at 2:48 am

    We are fine. No earthquakes here. We are currently in Angers seeing some of the Loire Valley and meeting with some young families who have freshly started on this journey. This will be great fun. Today we will visit one of the castles on the Loire. We silly Americans like castles for some reason!

  7. Ruby Neumann June 2, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Blog vs book.

    The book is final, the chapter is closed and the material is published. In other words, the assumption from the reader is that the story is finished.

    A blog is like the never ending story… You keep writing as the thoughts and experiences keep coming.

    Marriage is a blog, not a book. You really can’t send this one to a publisher, because the story doesn’t end. (as you noted in your post)

  8. Ruby Neumann June 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Blog vs book.

    The book is final, the chapter is closed and the material is published. In other words, the assumption from the reader is that the story is finished.

    A blog is like the never ending story… You keep writing as the thoughts and experiences keep coming.

    Marriage is a blog, not a book. You really can’t send this one to a publisher, because the story doesn’t end. (as you noted in your post)

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