|Our expressions say it all!|
Amazingly, I've learned you are right about silence. It is a good thing, not a foe to be conquered or an unknown to be feared. Rather a gift to be savored and even shared, at least for a moment. You've been right about a good many things, and I find after almost two decades of knowing you that I'm not so jagged and rough. The volatile, quick tempered, reactionary I was has simmered in your love, and has grown into, I hope, a gentle boldness infused with purpose. I still have my moments, of course, and you see every one of them, but I hope the fire of my personality warms more than it burns.
You've changed too, though I won't go into detail in such a public place. I'm impressed more by your qualities that haven't changed, but deepened and strengthened. Faithfulness that is willing to go the extra mile. A willingness to honor me, unthreatened, to pursue Jesus in ways unique to myself. Loyalty that doesn't make you a pushover, rather gracious and trustworthy. I'm amazed that your leadership style has become more mellow and tenacious, but I believe more effective. Your patience is amazing, trusting God to complete the good work he's started in others, giving the benefit of the doubt.
I treasure the moments of laughter and companionship, shared work and even the arguments that have shaped our life together. You are one of the ways I know God gives good gifts. Thank you for being my first love, my true love.