to have and to {loosely} hold

                                      photo: joy mccarnan

you…

seek a city with foundations (Hebrews 13)
boast only in the cross (Galatians 6)
build as a wise builder, on Christ the one foundation of the church (1 Corinthians 3)
preach the gospel of the grace of God (1 Corinthians 9)
love your wife as Christ loved his church and gave himself for it (Ephesians 5)
bring up your children in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6)
live by the Spirit (Galatians 5)
walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5)
love him though you haven’t seen him (1 Peter 1)
believe him and are filled with joy (1 Peter 1)
encourage others daily (Hebrews 3)
humble yourself under God’s mighty hand (1 Peter 5)
are grasping with all saints how long and deep and high and wide Christ’s love is (Ephesians 3)

and
you
are his, not mine.

holding you with loose hands, but holding you still, on your 32nd birthday.
i love you.

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