Common Adventure

adventure – an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.

Family at Folsom Field Memorial Day Celebration
Family at Folsom Field Memorial Day Celebration

Life is an adventure.

If I have learned anything it is that adventures are always easier with the help of others.

I have been blessed to have many helpful people travel with me on my adventure.  With the right people around you it is easy to get caught up in the excitement and for a moment forget about the hazardous nature of the adventure.  Those exciting moments are intoxicating…you want them to last forever.

The hazards are inevitable.

This week I find myself reflecting on my relationship with one of those people who has made my adventure easier.  Just under 20 years ago this man welcomed me into his family without hesitation.  Through the years he has played many roles in my adventure…here are a few:

  • Brother in Christ
  • Dad to my beautiful wife, Chele
  • Grandpa to Brielle and Autumn
  • Tailgating companion at Kyle Field
  • General contractor for various minor home remodels
  • Traveling companion
  • Grief support when we lost our daughter Camille

He has always been exceedingly generous and kind.  His name is Larry Robert, my father-in-law.  As I write this his health is failing…one of those hazards we often forget as we get caught up in the adventure.  Yet, it is all part of the adventure.

I don’t know how much longer I will have this man with me on my journey.  What I do know is that God is faithful.  You see, when my journey is intoxicating and all is well I will tell you that God is sovereign, good, and unchanging.  If that is truly what I believe then God is the same even when the hazards appear.

Another thing I know is that God is in His people…the church.  Tonight I am thankful for the many times that Larry has allowed God to use him to help me, my family, and countless other people.  While I am saddened by his failing health, I find joy in remembering his faith and love and how his actions have made my adventure better.

I know that there are people by Larry’s side right now allowing God to use them to help this man as his health is fading.  Please join me in praying for Larry, his wife Karen, and our entire family.  The coming days and months I suspect will be challenging.  Thank you.

May God continue to bless all of us with relationships that help us on our adventure.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Jon for the wonderful words about my Beloved Larry. He loved you very much as do I. Also thank you Rodd and Joyce.
    Blessings, Karen

  2. Rodd Hall says:

    Was glad to have known Larry as well. Praying for you and the family my brother.

  3. Joyce B. says:

    Well said. I know he is a great man from all I have heard from you and Michele. Praying for your family.

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