NEW YEAR’S LETTER 2015
“A wide door for effective work has opened to me”
- 1 Corinthians 16:9a (ESV).
As Billy Graham put it sometime ago, “The longer I live, the faster time flies”. So true. That is both scary and glorious. Scary, knowing we have so little time. But glorious, knowing the best is yet to come!
Louise and I live on Hickory Lake, a beautiful view – the same lake Johnny Cash lived on and (I am told) so does Dolly Parton. The problem is, I am here so seldom that I don’t get to enjoy it. I did a little bit of fishing with grandson Toby. Louise and I recently asked ourselves, “Why can’t we retire like other people our age and have more down time together?” I have promised her we would do better in this area. One of my daily prayer requests is when to say Yes and when to say No. We would appreciate any reader of these lines to help us pray regarding this. Louise travels with me less and less, TR more and more.
Louise and I return to London the end of January 2015. We will be living in the Nottinghill Gate area until July 6, 2015 – guests of Colin Dye and Kensington Temple, then resume preaching here in the USA (and other places). But we would SO like to slow down. To spend more time with each other. And with our grandsons. And fish a bit.
These things said, I am so thankful that at my age I am still wanted by people in many parts of the world. Apart from some arthritis, I have pretty good energy, my mind is clear, my voice the same and my preaching is received with more favor than at anytime in my life. God has been so good to us, the boundary lines have indeed fallen in pleasant places (Psa.16:6).
My next open letter will come on my 80th birthday. My book It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over will come out then. Yogi Berra has given a blurb, “I hope this book will help many people”. It is not only about finishing well but not giving up when it comes to prayer and dreams.
My heaviness as I write is that Revival has not come yet. But it will. The Midnight Cry is at hand.
God bless you all. Thank you for your prayers. They are more precious than gold. From Louise and me, TR and Annette, Toby and Timothy, Rex and Melissa, warmest best wishes for 2015.
R T (Romans 8:28).