DALE AND MARY

DALE AND MARY
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

In our living room sits a framed photo of a beautiful couple on open display:
The handsome gentleman is wearing a crisp, blue and white checked button-up, a soft familiar smile, and gazing with hazel eyes through wire-rimmed glasses at the photographer. His hairline is receding and a shock of white hair follows wonderfully.
The attractive woman beside him looks "full of life" beautiful. She's wearing a dark scooped blouse, a lovely diamond necklace, and classy hooped earings. Her eyes are a dancing, hazel-blue, and enhanced further through her framed lenses. She dons a head of lovely coiffed white hair and she is a classic aging beauty.
 Meet our beautiful friends:
 Dale and Mary.
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Our intersection with Dale and Mary is a miracle in itself, but that's a whole 'nother story for a whole 'nother day.
Dale and Mary opened up their beautiful home in Harrisburg to us, welcomed us with loving hearts and arms, and graciously received us like we were family, some two years ago and for almost one year.
Under their roof we were treated to every accommodating act of kindness and goodness.
Under their roof we forged a special, sacred relationship composed of honesty, empathy, and activated grace.
Under their roof, we were appointed a needful time to get our bearings, experience grace, and begin our lives again.
Like a tender balm on a cruel wound:
Dale and Mary.
Seasoned "veterans" of the church, faith, and marriage.
What a difference they've made in our lives.
Hmmm ...
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Everybody needs a Dale and Mary.
Everybody needs to "become" a Dale and Mary.
God knows our trials, pains, and hardships in advance, my friend, and "before" they ever arrive a pathway strewn with grace is mercifully prepared for us.
This path is composed of a mysterious, curious concoction of peoples, places, and faces we cannot quite imagine at the time.
But when we find ourselves there ...
God's grace has the power to take our breath away.
Inextricably and unmistakably we become threaded with new experiences and peoples for the praise and glory of God ... and we are changed.
The mercy, kindness, and grace of the Father is indescribably, undeniably good.
For our growth and for His glory He heals us;
He makes everything beautiful in "His" time.
"Dale and Mary."
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"For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory. No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly."
Psalm 84:11