Choosing birthday gifts for my husband has been a challenge over the years because Howard set the bar high with surprises he created for me. One year I asked our family and friends to send new names for Howard on 4 by 6 inch cards. I put all those notecards in a flip photo album and surprised him with it on his birthday.
One of the cards is titled: Howard – “God’s Glue Stick”. The card says, “You have held to God’s word and have stuck to his principles, preaching profound sermons from a small church in Minnesota. Those messages have not gone unheeded, but have been part of the glue which held a young couple together long enough for them to become a more mature couple in the Lord and to raise a family which is now serving Him, as well.”
This morning, as I meditated on my Lord’s goodness, I remembered the words from Colossians 1:17. “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” I thanked Jesus for being God’s Glue Stick for me. In this season of standing beside my husband as he fights his battle with lymphoma, I have had moments of feeling like I was about to fall apart with fear and anxiety. I would have come undone, if Jesus wasn’t holding me together. My husband would have fallen apart as well, if the Lord wasn’t holding him together with courage and power.
In the Season of Thanksgiving I rejoice that Howard has been a glue stick to other people and that Jesus has been THE GLUE STICK of all glue sticks for both of us.