Now I am coming to you, and while still in the world, I say these things to share my joy with them to the full” (John 17:13).

Neal and Shelby, a newly married couple, were putting the finishing touches on furnishing their new home. To complete the living room, they needed a new couch. Shelby was an accomplished musician, and they agreed that the size and shape of the sofa should harmonize as far as possible with their new baby grand piano.

They shopped from store to store without success. Then, in an upscale furniture boutique, Shelby said to Neal, “I’ve found it, the perfect match for our grand piano.” Harry looked the couch over carefully and then replied, “Too grand. We can’t buy it.” “Why not?” Shelby asked. Again Neal said, “too grand.” “I don’t understand,” Shelby snapped back. “Just look at the price tag,” Neal explained. “It costs two grand.”

(First Name) and (First Name), we are one with you today in your high hope — your grand scale hope for a long-enduring, life-enriching, spiritually-satisfying marriage relationship. And at the same time, we are reminded of the old saying that…

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