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by Karen Harper DeLoach
When I was a little girl, I dreamed that one day my Prince Charming would come.
Fairy tales tickled my imagination. Maybe I would be lying asleep on a white, lacy
canopy bed when, like Sleeping Beauty, my Prince would drop a soft kiss on my
lips. I would awaken to a romantic new life. Or maybe he would ride up to my
house on a white steed. The slipper would fit my foot, and we would ride off to
the castle together to begin living happily ever after. I dreamed of someday, far-off romance.
When I was a teenager, I dreamed my Prince Charming would arrive in a 1965
red-hot Mustang convertible. The muscles in his arm would ripple when he
opened the car door for me. The wind would blow through my hair as he laid
rubber and we drove off into the sunset together - to live happily ever after.
I dreamed of not-too-distant-in-the-future romance.
When I was a young woman, my dreams were more practical, yet forever tinged
with romance. My Prince Charming, handsome and tall, would be a strong,
stalwart bread-winner, my protector from the storms of life. Yet he would also
be a romantic who would celebrate every little occasion with elegant red roses
or friendly nosegays of daisies. On more important dates, he would surprise
me with romantic getaways and candlelit dinners. Oh yes, my soon-to-be
husband was the perfect man. We would live happily ever after. I dreamed
of love and a romantic life.
When I was a middle-aged woman, my perception of romance changed.
Passion was a luxury to be savored; fairytale daydreams reserved for special
occasions. True romance showed up in the day to day ordinary events of life.
Times that my Prince Charming remembered I liked strawberry-frosted doughnuts
when chocolate was his favorite. Rainy nights when I came home late, and he
ran out to my car to see if I needed help. Those late night moments when he
craved a bowl of ice cream and brought me some, too. The times of sickness
or hardship or loss when nothing in life was romantic in the least, and yet his
presence brought comfort and reassurance. The romance of middle age was
not fluff and spun sugar, but solid and safe and sweet.
Now, I'm an elderly woman. My dreams are of the past - of the satisfying
life I lived with my Prince Charming. He was a good provider, always my
protector. Even when his muscles weakened and his hair thinned, his
handsome demeanor never faded, never failed to move me. Flowers didn't
rain down on every occasion, as I thought they would. The romantic getaways
were few and far between. If we dined by candlelight, I was the one who lit the
candles. Yet our love never faded; it only grew. And now he's gone, and our
life together on earth has ended. I can only cherish past romance. I dream
of seeing him again one day in Heaven.
And yet, as I lie on my bed at night, I know I'm not alone. The Creator of the
universe, the Lover of my soul, will never leave me or forsake me. He is my
provider and my protector.
As I lie here, He reminds me that He has been with me from the beginning.
Before God formed me in my mother's womb, He knew me (Jeremiah 1:5).
He saw me when I was a little girl dreaming of fairy tales. He was calling me to Himself,
When I was a teenager, dreaming of young romance, His thoughts were on
me. "?For I know the plans I have for you,' says the LORD. ?They are plans
for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope'" (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT).
He continued to draw me to Him.
When I was a young wife, desiring romance amidst the humdrum of daily life,
His promise was for me. "Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your
heart's desires" (Psalm 37:4 NLT). His promise was not just for this earth but for eternity.
And in my loneliness for the love of my life, God reminds me of His promise "...the
sorrows of widowhood will be remembered no more, for your Creator will be your
husband. The Lord Almighty is his name! He is your Redeemer, the Holy One
of Israel, the God of all the earth" (Isaiah 54:4b-5 NLT). Even in my old age, He
is drawing me.
God the Father plants that longing for romance in our hearts. And though He
blesses us with romance, love, and companionship in our earthly relationships,
what He really desires is for each one of us to have a divine romance with Him.
No matter what our age or gender, He desires a personal relationship with us.
If we surrender to Him, He will sweep us off our feet, and we will live with Him
happily ever after for all eternity.
"May I have this dance? A divine romance?
I'll take you by the hand and waltz through eternity.
Put your trust in Me. Will you let Me lead?
I'll sweep you off your feet,
If you'll let Me have this dance."
(from the song May I Have This Dance? by Stephen Hinkle)
Karen Harper DeLoach
Karen is the author of Thirty-one Years and a Stumble. She is co-author and
compiler of Musings, Meditations, and Memories of One Slightly Dysfunctional
American Family. Her stories have been published in several anthologies,
magazines, and e-zines, including HeartTouchers. To read excerpts from her
books, please visit her web site at http://karendeloach.tripod.com
Creation Q & A
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false
teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying
the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." (2 Peter 2:1)
Thousands of clergy have signed "An Open Letter Concerning Religion and Science."
On the Sunday closest to Charles Darwin's birthday, these "pastors" eulogize him
and endorse evolutionary science as compatible with the Bible. Here are five reasons
why this idea is grossly wrong.
? The Bible has absolutely no hint of ages of evolutionary development. Forcing
the "days" of Genesis 1 to mean "ages" doesn't line up with Scripture
(Psalm 33:6-9, 148:5-6; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 4:11; etc.).
? Evolution is not observed at all today. Empirical science is based on observation
and verification. Nothing (from bacteria to people) is "evolving" into a "higher order." Period.
? Fossil data does not show any transitional forms. If evolution occurred prior to
recorded history, it can only be documented by the fossils embedded in the
water-deposited rocks of earth. Those "missing links" are still missing.
? God's character absolutely forbids evolutionary methods. God's holiness demands
truth, and His omniscience demands perfection. He cannot know what is best
and then "create" something inferior. He wrote that He took six days to create
the universe (Exodus 20:11). And He cannot lie!
? God's stated purpose for creating excludes evolution. The creation reveals the
Creator (Romans 1:20, Psalm 19:1-4), gives authority to the message of Jesus
Christ (John 1:1-14, Colossians 1:16-18), and is the foundation for the gospel
and for worship (Revelation 14:6-7). Creating is what God does at the moment
of the new birth (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Click on the Bible above or visit the web site listed below!
This new addition to our web site will give you an article on the leading news in the
Creation/Evolution controversy each day. This section also includes a rotating
Question and Answer feature and a weekly Creation Comic strip from the people
at AnswersInGenesis.org. Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative
article that will help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!
Thought For The Day
"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do."--Andrew Carnegie
Verse for the Day
"Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do."--James 2:18
Kid's Thought for the Day
"If splashing in puddles means you have to wear wet shoes the rest of the day, sometimes it's worth it."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope."--Bill Cosby
Coach's Thought For The Day
"I have had players who are good, and know they are good; I have had players who are bad and know they are bad; I have had players who are good, but who don't know they are good; I have had players who are bad, but who don't know they are bad. It is this last group that has won more games for me than the first three groups combined." --Paul "Bear" Bryant
Writer's Thought for the Day
"There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder." --Brian Aldiss
Creation vs Evolution Thought For the Day
"Nowhere was Darwin able to point to one bona fide case of natural selection having actually generated evolutionary change in nature..Ultimately, the Darwinian theory of evolution is no more nor less than the great cosmogenic myth of the twentieth century." Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crises (Bethesda, Maryland: Adler & Adler, 1986) pp. 62, 358.
Deep Thought For The Day
"I'm not saying that the customer service in my bank is bad, but when I went in the other day and asked the clerk to check my balance... she leaned over and pushed me."
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