21 st BIRTHDAY GREETINGS
It is understood that your 21st birthday, or rather, the anniversary of the same, is near at hand.
A card had been obtained to send but after we got here we noticed the horrible word luck on it and so would not send; it is thought we could find a few words of our own far better than that!
Well: manhood is supposed to be now reached, but there is another manhood never reached while here: I refer to the “New Man” which begins when we are called from darkness into His marvellous light.
This being a work of the Spirit is a “creature” and “New creature” and so can grow. Under the blessing of God by His Word, effectual by His Spirit; also by prayer, and many and varied trials, as sanctified by God, there is a growing up into Him, Christ. This growth is the surest evidence of life in nature and surely so in grace. If no growth the child must be sadly ill and die: (spiritually, were it possible), no growth means no life.
Far better than all mere emotion is this growth in grace and knowledge of Christ.
This then is our united desire for you, which matters far more than all this life can yield.
What may be your lot in providence as to where you live and what you will do (we hope you will be cast nearer the chapel where you ‘put on Christ’) is not for us or any man to fix.
God will clear the way as His time arrives and make it plain to you.
“One step enough for me.”
But may all so be blessed to you that you arrive “Unto the perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4, 13) and, in that state, no 21st or any other anniversaries come.
God bless you both. If it is His will you come together we truly wish you both all the blessings we have had; but if like blessed as we, you would have a few trials also! We do not wish them for youÂ—but our path has proved that usually some sorrow lies in the path of His blessings.
Our united love and God’s blessing be with you always.