Posted by Pastoral Musings on 21st December 2011
Barnabas Piper wishes his parents a happy 43rd anniversary.
While there are some humorous statements such as:
Mom was a stunner and dad, well, he looked like Buddy Holly. Which, in retrospect, just made him 43 years ahead of his time in sheer hipsterhood.
And how many of you have a complete library of original autographed and personally inscribed works by John and Noel Piper? Actually don’t answer that; some of you are just obsessive enough to have accomplished that.
There are also great statements of respect that come from a lifetime of watching two people struggle to honor Christ, and succeeding in presenting a consistent Christian witness:
There’s an entire blog post to be written about their consistency between public persona and private reality in the home.
I am not yet thirty, but life is moving awfully fast and it’s not hard to picture being 65 myself. And I hope I am just as committed to my Lesley, my Grace, and my Dianne when I get there as my parents are to each other and to their children. Daddy and Mother, you have set a 43 year course that you would doubtless describe as imperfect, but it is just as doubtlessly encouraging to me.
Due to his being a public figure, Piper is often the recipient of much criticism (some of it warranted and some not). It is worth our while to pause and honor those who have lived consistent, Christian lives that win the respect of their children.
We all know that there are many Christian leaders who have lost their children because they did not keep their children’s respect. We all know that there are many Christian leaders whose home lives are not the same as their public lives.
Let us thank God today that the Pipers have lived in such a way that their son rises up and calls them blessed.
May their tribe increase.