The summer of 2012 was a time of significant change in our life. We moved twice, to two different states, for Clint’s work. Margie struggled with health challenges. Both a beloved friend and a close family member surrendered in their battles with cancer and began a new stage in their respective eternal lives. The anchor in the storm was the same Person it has always been and will remain, Jesus the Christ. Our Savior. Spurgeon said, “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me into the Rock of Ages.” That summer the waves crashed and the grief and sorrow and physical pain and anxiety were unrelenting as they slammed us again and again into the terrifying yet beautiful and unchanging Rock. John Piper testified, “In all these years, the grace of God had driven me deeper into God in desperation, rather than driving me away from God in anger.” The temptation to anger was crouching at the door, ready to pounce and devour. Thoughts were wont to run wild like the native and free Mustangs of old and only desperate meditation on Holy Scripture reigned them in. Melodies aid the memory and as a matter of survival the children’s scripture verses used for weekly handwriting practice were composed into songs. We began to sing them as a family. More and more melodies poured out with floods of tears. The winter was cold and desolate and excruciatingly long. The sounds of small joyful voices encouraged the hearts of older, struggling souls. Finally, the spring returned. And in summer, a new life was graciously given, born to begin the struggle we all know as life. She was named for the beloved friend who had beautifully surrendered her battle. Typing those words brings tears that are always near the surface. Time does not take that away. Seasons come and go. Many are hard, some are gentle and all are joyous because He is ever – present, breathing hope into our lungs so that we can simply get out of bed and keep walking in the Way. We endure because He persists in motivating and pressing and carrying us on toward the prize. It is in Him and through Him and for Him that we breathe and write and play and sing and shout through this beautiful and crazy life of providing a home and fighting for a God honoring marriage and discipling six young souls.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” – St. Paul, Missionary to the Gentiles
We continue to cycle through mountains and valleys, midnights and mornings, and don’t anticipate our walk in the Way ever changing. We walk by faith in the future grace that God bestows on all who believe He Is and therefore He will. The content we share is born in our home life as we labor and train up our children in the fear of Almighty God. It is not meant to impress but only bless. We are not teachers; we are a father and mother discipling our family and preserving the resources we have created by God’s grace for, Lord willing, future generations of our family. May they be a blessing to those who use them in their home and may the proceeds be a blessing to the Christian missionaries we support.
Grace be with you,
Clint and Margie Campbell