October 11, 2017
On Saturday I had an experience that was very positive, yet almost surreal. It was the first time I had the chance to meet my daughter’s boyfriend. My daughter, Miriam, is 21 years old and has been as low maintenance a child a father could ever ask for. She never dated in high school and had one boyfriend her freshman year of college for about a month. He didn’t have the same goals and dreams as Miriam so she got rid of him pretty quick. Then this past year Miriam did a five month mission, which took her to Europe, where she met this young man. Because nothing Miriam does is conventional, she met Pedro in Germany, even though he is from Brazil.
Back to Saturday. We spent about three hours together as we had lunch and spent a lot of time talking. It was obvious from just looking at Miriam how much she cared about Pedro. It was also apparent that he adored her. To see my daughter’s face light up the way it did when she was with him was fun to see. If I am still writing this in a couple years and you are still reading, there may be a time I write about how Pedro and Miriam got married, but then again maybe not.
It made me think about God’s love for us. Ephesians 3:17-18 says, “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” My prayer today is that we understand how great the love is that God has for us. It is fun to look into the eyes of my daughter and see the love she has in her eyes. It is even greater to be reassured of a love that is eternal, the love God has for us.
Mr. Robert Koehne