Wednesday, January 10, 2007

John Piper's Letter to His Wife

First, thank you all so much for your wonderful comments while I was gone this weekend, and in the past few days. I'm not ignoring them, though I've responded to few or none of them. I'm just very busy, but I love reading them all the same :).

Second, if you want to be touched, read this beautiful letter that John Piper wrote for his wife on her birthday. You may want to pull out the tissues.

Hattip: YLCF

16 comments:

Adrian C. Keister said...

That is indeed a beautiful letter, though I wasn't exactly crying at the end of it. Thank you for pointing that out, my dear.

In Christ.

zan said...

I got choked up a bit, if that makes you feel better, Susan. ;-)

Lydia said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely letter, Susan. I didn't shed any tears but it was encouraging and touching.

The last time I cried was at a funeral for the father of one of my mother's old-college friends. I was not expecting to at all. I had never even met the man. The words that his grown daughter read at the funeral were so beautiful. You couldn't help but cry as you heard of what a wonderful father he was to her and how much she would miss him. Gratefully, he was a strong believer and is in heaven with the Lord.

*sigh* I guess I have learned to take tissues to any funeral and not just those for people whom I know. I have never cried at a wedding or any other funeral that I can recall.

Have a blessed week! You and Adrian are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

That was a sweet letter! Of course, not as sweet as Adrian calling you "my dear". Awww :-D

Susan said...

:-)

Anonymous said...

That's a wonderful letter! What a wonderful testimony to Noel that her husband wrote that about to her. Just sorts you on to want to be that sort of wife, eh?

Susan said...

Indeed, Keziah (and welcome to my blog!), it does want me to be that sort of wife, Lord willing that I marry! And I also realize, the more I wish to be such a wonderful helpmeet, just how inadequate I am to do that! But I take comfort that when I am weak, Christ is strong :). Amen and amen.

Eltinwe said...

Quite a lovely letter, but I tend not to cry for such things, unless there are extenuating circumstances. However, as Ashley said Adrian's "my dear" was much more like to bring tears to the eyes. I think maybe he kinda likes you...

Susan said...

. . . Oh, I hope so ;-). I have reason to believe your hunch is right, actually.

Anonymous said...

Aww! I think the sweetest part here was when Adrian called Susan "my dear" on here for all of us to see!! How sweet!! (Good job, Adrian : ) )

Wow, Ashley, twice now (once on Keziah's blog and now here) I have a comment to make, thinking I'm sounding nice and original, and then I read the comments and you've said the same thing. That's pretty good! I'm original like you! I feel honored : )

"A very good letter," as was Frank Churchill's. "It's not just the content of the letter that is impressive. His penmanship is so..." Okay, sorry. But I've been on a roll with all these Emma movie quotes lately. Yes, it was a really good letter. But this reminds me:
Do you ever remember reading a letter online somewhere that some guy from the Reformation or something wrote to his wife on the evening before he was martyred? His name was probably John or something; and they had maybe 5? kids... He was commending her to the grace of God and encouraging her to look to Christ who loves the fatherless and widows... I'm trying to find that and I can't think where it was from. Maybe you've seen it before and can help me think?? Thanks anyway, even if you can't.

Anonymous said...

And once again here's someone else who didn't cry at reading it. I want to be someone who could have those things said of me, and had they been written to me I think I might have cried. But it's alright if you cried, Dearie. I'm sure you have a good reason for it ; )

Susan said...

Hmm. Maybe I should clarify. It has occured to me that people must think I cried while reading John Piper's letter, which I didn't, to set matters straight. I'm pretty unweepy for a female. The letter gave me kind of a lump in my throat, but no tears. I was merely thinking that other women, more weepy than myself, would definitely need some tissues, though I was apparently wrong :-).

My friends are thinking alike! Ashley and Jessie are really just clones of each other. Hehe. Yeah right. . . No clue what you're talking about on the Reformation letter, Jessie. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

I'm a clone of Jessie? *looks down at pants at smiles*

I do like the idea of two great minds thinking alike though! ;-)

Susan said...

Hehe. Yes, it is a rather funny idea :-). You two are so different, it is a hilarious thought! But you're both very dear friends of mine :-D. And you both have great minds. . . which evidently think alike.

Anonymous said...

Just admit it, Susan. You had tears just streaming down your face and you were going through the tissue boxes like they were going out of style! I know your type... ;-)

Anonymous said...

Ashley, my long lost twin!! I'm so glad I finally found you =D
Susan, why did you never point it out before?? Don't you see the resemblance? : )
LOL

Oh well, too bad about the Reformation letter. I just thought I'd give it a try! One of these days I'll come across it... Thanks anyway.