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Working for Others While in the Shadows, by Murray Hohns

I am 81 years old, and my wife is 80. We have enjoyed our years together; we learned early to respect and allow the differences that are part of each of us to be there without causing serious division. We have learned that it is good for us to do different things together, to have some space and time for ourselves, and to have the courage to talk to each other when it would be easier to be silent.

Scripture tells us that God works for us in the darkness. We too can work for our spouses in the darkness. How? By doing little things and big things, by putting them and their desires ahead of yours. They do not have to know that we are doing this, but if you do put your spouse first, I know that you will receive the blessings of God. I know this for I have been a recipient of His blessings (and my wife’s, too) for the past months and so many years before and beyond.

H. Murray Hohns

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Category: Living the Faith, Summer 2012

About the Author: H. Murray Hohns went home to be with Jesus on November 28, 2012. He was on staff at the largest church in Hawaii and served on his denomination's investment committee from 1999 until his death. Hohns held two degrees in Civil Engineering, an MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary, and served as an instructor at Foursquare's New Hope Christian College (formerly Pacific Rim Christian College) in Honolulu. He wrote six engineering books and hundreds of articles in every type of newspaper, magazine and journal.

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