refreshed by your presence

“…the God who lifts up the downcast lifted our heads and our hearts with the arrival of Titus. We were glad just to see him, but the true reassurance came in what he told us about you: how much you cared, how much you grieved, how concerned you were for me. I went from worry to tranquility in no time!…” writes Paul in 2 Cor 7 (The Message).

We were refreshed by Mark Manry’s visit last week.  Mark and Lori are friends from Lipscomb who are moving now into the home stretch of their time in Jinja, Uganda.  Look for their ministry at  It was good to see him again and to hear about all things family, mission and work.  I cooked breakfast and we feasted most all morning as the kids played.  Visiting with Mark reminds me of our many trips to the woods during which our worries were wisped into tranquility like smoke from a campfire.

Here we are in my study.  I’m holding Uncle Dave on Acts, Mark holds Lives of the Leaders of the Church Universal (with a chapter on AC):


Here is one Mark took of us with Sara.  Forgive my deer-in-the-headlights glaze.  The other children weren’t still long enough to be photographed.  As it should be.


2 thoughts on “refreshed by your presence

  1. Brother Ice,

    It was a wonderful morning…thanks for your hospitality. Since then the boys and I have been into sausage and eggs saturated in sausage drippings and griddle crud – what we have called a tennessee omelet.


    P.S. Chad, you were/are missed. I hope we can all be reunited soon…before the dawning of the new world.

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