Hope at the Beach
A Surfer’s Chapel
Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.” Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. – Genesis 2:23-24
On Easter morning, March 31, 2013, we will begin our fifth year of Hope at the Beach. I cannot believe that Lin and I have been involved in this wonderful adventure for this long. It seems like only a few weeks. As I pondered this it became abundantly clear that if it were not for my wife that I would not have been able to do this ministry. It appears to me that God has blessed me with the greatest gift any man could ask for, greater than winning the lottery or never growing old, God has given me Lin…my wife.
Since we were married on April 15th, 1972, Lin has always been at my side. Through the very good times and the times of testing, she has always supported me. Not always saying, “Yes, Chuck, you’re right,” but at times (sometimes numerous times) saying “Chuck you need to reconsider.” (A very nice way of saying “you’re wrong, you idiot”…my words not hers). Her love and loyalty are beyond question and her love of Christ our Lord is her foundation. As the Proverb says, “A good wife is the crown of her husband” Prov. 12:4 or Sirach 24:1-4, “Happy is the husband of a good wife; the number of his days will be doubled. A loyal wife brings joy to her husband, and he will complete his years in peace. A good wife is a great blessing; she will be granted among the blessings of the man who fears the Lord. Whether rich or poor, his heart is content, and at all times his face is cheerful.”
Every Saturday night she formats and prints the worship folder that I sent her, correcting all my errors and putting all the music of the service in order so I can play them the next day. She never complains.
On Sunday mornings she accompanies me to Seal Beach at 6:45 in the morning where she sets up for worship (with Steve and Ralph regularly helping) stays for two services and then takes everything down and loads up the car. She coordinates all the shirts, sweatshirts, the registration books, and chairs. She does all this because of my physical condition and increasing limitations.
If it were not for Lin I would be in a retirement home hoping someone would visit me and listen to my old stories over and over again. But because of her faithfulness I continue to share the wonderful Good News that Christ has called me too. She does this with no regret, no praise, and out of great love for me and for Christ. I felt that it was about time that she got the credit that many of you already knew she deserved yet never asks for.
Thanks to Lin for her never ending support and to you too. With your spiritual, financial, physical, and emotional support this ministry is flourishing and touching many lives. May God continue to bring about His kingdom through the faithful service of all His servants.
He is Risen! Chuck AND LIN!