Mating Season

Will, my son, is coming home this week for the wedding of a friend, Will Hightower. My son Will is traveling with his new bride of six months. Maria is a blessing and we look forward to their visit. As Patricia and I were discussing over dinner with Judith and Danny, I was struck by this thought. Will is married. He has a mate!

This struck me so poignantly because of Will’s “life verse.”  Each of our children has a life verse

that we believe God put in our hearts for them. Sometimes it came at their birth, other times at their baptisms. Regardless of the timing, we became convinced that the verses that we gave them had come from the Lord’s prompting and carried a prophetic hint to their future. Here is Will’s verse in its entirety.

Isaiah 34:16

Seek from the book of the LORD, and read: Not one of these will be missing; None will lack its mate. For His mouth has commanded, And His Spirit has gathered them.

Through much of his growing time, we emphasized the first part of the verse–Seek from the book of the Lord and read–yet today I recalled the rest. The last part of this verse we saw as a promise not only for Will but also for all of our children.

Each one will have his mate and none will be missing. How amazing it is to us to watch the Lord do his work, gathering them by his Spirit!

I remember as the kids were still very small that Trish began to pray for their mates. She prayed for their protection, for their salvation, for their life circumstances and for events that would lead them to serve Christ. She was faithful to pray this prayer over and over, again and again.

Today we are seeing fruit from those prayers.

So Will and Maria are coming for the wedding and for a visit with us. Another young couple from Atlanta James and Katie Williams will be staying with us for the weekend also. They too are here for the wedding celebration.

Today we are rejoicing. We rejoice that Will and Patrick have found mates. We rejoice that their friends have found mates: James and Katie and Will and Jeanette. We rejoice that marriage is honored among many in this younger generation. The light of God’s word still shines brightly in this country for those who have eyes to see.

They will need God’s help and God’s blessing along the way, and we rejoice that God is the same. He does not change. He will help them as he has helped us.

Keith (You can contact us at