Happy Birthday, Joanne!
Do people in heaven celebrate birthdays? Probably not, but more important for you (and tragic for me) is that this is the tenth time you have celebrated a birthday in heaven. Another thing I’m not absolutely clear on is whether you are aware of this birthday greeting; whether you are privy to some of the milestones, triumphs, and failures I’ve missed sharing with you over the past ten years. I’ve gotten used to thinking of you as a member of my “cloud of witnesses.” I hope I’m right.
One of the reasons that I’m ok about admitting my uncertainties (that I have not yet developed a theology-of-everything) is that from the time I was sixteen years old, I witnessed your questioning spirit, your curious mind, and your whole-hearted “pressing on to know the Lord.” I wanted to know Him, too, so I trailed along behind you. In fact, I wish I could ask you now if you…
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