It happened on a hike in New Mexico…

It happened on a hike in the mountains of New Mexico, the very first time we met after connecting on Rose had invited me to come to Albuquerque for the 2004 International Balloon Fiesta. I lived in Michigan at the time -1613.3 miles away. A “safe” distance, we thought. No chance of anything “happening” other than meeting a new friend.

Rose took me hiking in the mountains, and it was on one of those hikes I encountered the grace of God in the form of woman. As we were descending the mountain, I told her my story of moral failure, and my eventual spiritual healing. I was totally unprepared for the response I got from her as she stopped on the trail, turned and embraced me, and told me she saw a man transformed by the grace of God.  She says that’s when she first fell in love with me…in the midst of my “mess confession!” Imagine that!

A few weeks after our first encounter I traveled to Kenya to deliver medical supplies to an orphanage. When I arrived back in Detroit, Rose met me at the airport, and we enjoyed our second “date.”  A few weeks later Rose and I were married in New Mexico—the 3rd time we met. We recently celebrated our 7th anniversary.

There’s something about the grace of our Lord that creates a bond that is beyond our ability to explain. For Rose and me, our personal stories are a living illustration of God’s amazing grace–and our love story is the Divine punch line!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. casey elliott
    May 23, 2012 @ 09:34:41

    Wow that is such an amazing love story!!!!!


  2. Aaron Smith
    May 24, 2012 @ 16:48:45

    Awesome story! I got a little misty eyed 🙂 I’m so happy that God brought you two together! You’re love for each other is amazing!


    • Rod & Rose
      May 24, 2012 @ 22:01:39

      Thanks Son…this is momma Rose. I am crazy in love with your Dad! He’s truly a GIFT from Papa God! And the cool thing is that he comes with 3 amazing sons and beautiful grandkiddos that I get to love as well! 🙂


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