“It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me. How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation.”
These are the words of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon around 560 BC. They are recorded in the Old Testament book of Daniel in the 4th chapter.
King Nebuchadnezzar had experienced a supernatural encounter with God and rightly so was overwhelmed by it. He took joy in sharing with others his first hand knowledge of experiencing God.
This is also Danny’s and my story, experiencing the goodness of God in an intimate relationship with Him. May this BLOG serve to record the legacy of God’s mercy and miraculous signs and wonders to the Klein family, established in 1975.
Back in 1971 my eyes were fully opened by God to my sorry selfish state of being. I was fifteen years old. Looking back, I can see clearly how events in my life were orchestrated to bring me to a place where those would freely share the hope of Jesus Christ with me.
My life’s trajectory was changed in an instant, kneeling at an altar.
This is where Grandpa and Grandma Jones come in – these were the days of church on Sunday nights where those yearning to know more of God would go to the front altars and kneel in prayer. Others would gather round and pray over those kneeling.
My earliest memories of this season in church are Grandma Jones along with many others praying over me. This is where I met Danny. We became friends for a little over a year before we started dating. John and Ruth Jones, though no blood relation, took us under their wing. They not only spoke the truth but they lived the truth of the good news to us.
After we were married and expecting our first child we realized that we wanted to include John and Ruth’s legacy of faith to our children. We asked them to step in for Danny’s deceased parents and be our children’s other set of grandparents. Little did they know that they had agreed to grandparent six children…but we didn’t either! That is another story for another day…..
All of our children have a Biblical name and a family name. Timothy has the privilege of being named John Timothy and Dora has the privilege of being named Ruth Isadora after Grandpa John and Grandma Ruth. But again that is another story for another day…..
Ruth and John had Michael, Jeffrey and Debbie yet they still made room in their hearts for us.
We dated for 2 1/2 years and I know we were a challenge! Today I can’t find a picture of the four of us at our wedding. When I thought about this lack of a picture, I realized it was because they were probably serving behind the scenes, making sure the church wedding went off as planned.
If we want the Klein kids to take something from this story it would be – love passionately like Grandpa and Grandma Jones. They were incredibly patient with us. They invested lots in our family with little in return. They knew they were investing in eternity. That is part of your legacy from them.