Dear Praying and Fasting Friends,
I hope your August was good. For me, summer is never long enough; I love flip flops, sunshine, and crickets at night. Simultaneously, I am really glad to getting back to fasting and praying with everyone. It is a strange, unexpected joy to do this whole fast.pray thing together. Who would figure that practicing spiritual disciplines with 450 other people around this topic of marriage and God’s purposes could be so incredibly life-giving? But it has been for me and for so many others as well. Even during our month off, we’ve had about 15 or 20 new folks join with us.
So, in keeping with the Labor Day theme, this e-mail is a reminder that we are laboring together for something of value: God’s purposes for men and women, including marriage, to be realized in the context of a culture that is careening in some wacky directions relationally and sexually. This is the fruit we are laboring together to bear: new life–showing up in renewed hearts, in new marriages, and in life-giving families and communities. And we want our triune God to get the credit.
I hope you enjoy relaxing on your Labor Day this coming Monday (this of course will make more sense if you are in the States–we know that many of you are not, in which case we simply hope for you a good day!). We’ll look forward to joining with you on September 12 in this work for His purposes–in our lives and in those of the women and men who are our friends and those we love.
Blessings on Your Week,