On Saturday, November 1, 2014, my husband Ian was ordained. I thought it would be fitting to share with you some memorable photos and share my thoughts about Ian…
In the movie “Shall We Dance” the character played by Susan Sarandon asks an important question. “Why is it that you think people get married? The likely response is “passion.” But her response is something else entirely. She says,
“We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things… all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness’.”
I have had the honour of being married to Ian for 10 and a half years. I have witnessed God’s work in Ian’s life at a deep and personal level. We have worked side by side in ministry. And like many couples we have experienced the good, the bad, the terrible, and the mundane.
If you know Ian well, then you know Ian is a man of words. His words have been a source of deep love and encouragement to me and many others. Ian has brought God’s Word to us with creativity and with vulnerability.
If I were to sum up Ian’s ministry in a word, it would be with the word “witness.” Of course love and mercy would be good words as well. But when I consider the whole of what I know to be true of Ian. It’s that he has always had an abiding passion for sharing the gospel with those who don’t know Jesus.
2 Cor. 5:18-20 says, “And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
I have chosen this Scripture for you Ian as you embark on this new chapter of ministry. I’m so proud of you and I’m thankful to carry out God’s call alongside of you.
Thank-you to everyone who has loved Ian throughout the years. And thank-you to everyone who made the day so special.