“Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate:
but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah;
for Jehovah delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.”
“Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; But a woman that feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.”
I have always loved this hymn. It became especially dear to my heart many years ago when my husband and I were in college. Our last few years were spent in Ashland, OR where we were part of a small congregation.
While there we were befriended by a dear older couple, Floyd and Beulah Whitehead. Floyd was in poor health when we met them. Several things about this couple stood out to us, as a newly married couple. First, you could see how in love Floyd and Beulah were after more than 50 years of married life together. It was a tangible love. Second, they both shared with us that they had sought all those years never to go to bed angry with each other (Ephesians 4:6). Third, Floyd never raised his voice at Beulah; he was gentle and understanding with her (1 Peter 3:7). They truly sought to live out the love of Christ first to one another, then to everyone else.
A year or so after we graduated and moved away, we went back to visit Beulah,who was living with liver cancer; Floyd had passed before we graduated. She didn’t seemed the least phased by the problem; she was ready to get home and be with Floyd and Jesus, the two loves of her life.
This song was her favorite and I think of the Whiteheads every time I sing it. I am so thankful for their example and influence in my life. I didn’t appreciate enough the treasure they were at the time; isn’t that how it often is. Seek out those godly older jewels that are in your sphere. Bless their lives with your time and attention. You will be the better for it.
“Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man, and thou shalt fear thy God: I am Jehovah.” Leviticus 19:32
Remember the Journey,