The words of Romans 8:28 have hung on the wall of my home for as long as I can remember. In fact, I’m pretty sure the framed verse came with me into my home almost 25 years ago and found its place right inside the front entry way. It’s been a great reminder and source of assurance to me during what I would classify as rough, uncertain times. As I was doing some house cleaning this past weekend, I stopped for the first time in quite a while to really soak in the powerful message it proclaims. It had hung there so long; I had forgotten how it made its way to me. I took it down off the wall and to my surprise on the backside of the frame was a very detailed message. I knew immediately who wrote it because of the tell-tale type written signature style of my Grandpa Kuehnert- frequent use of all caps, underlining and a little “white out” here and there. The “manuscripture” as he referred to it was a gift to my parents to commemorate their 20thwedding anniversary in July of 1981. He wrote, “this Scripture displayed on your wall will let the Lord speak to you, your children and whomever the Lord may send to be your visitors or house guests.” He went on to emphasize the importance of the verse that follows Romans 8:28, which tells us what God has called us to do– “be conformed to the image of his Son.” He closed out with –
“The Lord Bless and Keep You and Yours in HIS Grace and Truth in Christ Jesus as our ONLY Savior and Lord, and Christ IN YOU! Love in Christ, Dad Kuehnert.”
My grandfather went home to his Lord and Savior just a few years after he penned this message, but his words of hope continue to encourage me on this journey God has called me and I hope they encourage you as well. I smile as I think about how Grandpa’s goal has been achieved! God’s words of truth and hope he shared back in 1981, continue to be seen and shared now.
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