In 1997, Tim began sending out "HEM-Lines", a weekly e-mail devotional sent free of charge to anyone who requests it. In January of 2009 the name was changed to "LightGrams". Below is one of the more recent devotionals sent out. If you'd like to be added as a subscriber, write to Tim@GraceMine.org and request to be included.
December 5, 2013
Volume 17, Number 37
"Lost: Wedding Memories"
If you ask Pam and Howard Waelder, Michael Hall is a hero. No, he
didn't save their lives or pay off their mortgage. Hall took wedding
photos for the Sacramento, California couple.
The heroic aspect of Hall's actions is that he heard of their dilemma
and stepped forward to help. Pam and Howard were married a week
earlier. Friends took photos of the wedding with a film camera, and
the film was dropped off at a local Walgreens. One of the two rolls
of film was lost, however. That qualifies for most of us as a crisis.
Hall, a professional photographer, heard of their plight (they had
publicly asked anyone who might have gotten the photos by mistake to
please return them). To help them recapture the magical moments of
their wedding, he waived his normal fee for doing a wedding, and
helped them to "make some lasting memories".
My wife and I can understand the panic of lost wedding photos. Our
photographer's assistant had a tiff with him after our wedding, and
took several boxes of wedding proofs home with her. It was about five
months later when we finally got our album! For much of that time we
weren't sure we would ever have them.
But Walgreens can't be blamed for all lost wedding memories. Many
couples who still have their photos from their special day seem to
have lost all memory of their vows.
God's word teaches us to work hard to keep our marriages glowing. The
wise man gave this counsel: "Drink water from your own cistern, and
running water from your own well. ... Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice with the wife of your youth ... always be enraptured with
her love" (Proverbs 5:15,18,19).
Some, in an effort to scratch their "seven year itch", turn to someone
outside of their marriage relationship for comfort and pleasure. The
Bible is clear: That's wrong.
Paul gave the same admonition: "Husbands, love your wives, just as
Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her" (Ephesians
5:25). Peter speaks similarly: "Husbands, likewise, dwell with [your
wives] with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker
vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your
prayers may not be hindered" (1 Peter 3:7).
Photos are optional, of course. Memories can be rekindled of that day
when both wife and husband happily and willingly said "I do". Open up
that album and remind yourselves of the vow you made in the presence
Come to the light God offers! Study His word, the Bible. Worship Him
in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Get in touch with us if you'd like
to discuss these ideas further.
Copyright, 2013, Timothy D. Hall. All scripture quotations, unless
otherwise noted, are from the New King James Version (Copyright, 1990,
Thomas Nelson, Inc.).
"LightGrams" is produced by the Central Church of Christ, 2722 Oakland
Avenue, Johnson City, Tennessee, 37601, and is written by Tim Hall,
minister. It is sent free of charge every Thursday to all who request
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