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6721 Jonestown Rd
Harrisburg, PA, 17112
United States

717-657-0614

We are a Southern Baptist Church, by affiliation.  We cooperate with, and are part of a larger denomination. East Shore Baptist Church (ESBC) is an independent church, which truly believes in God’s Word, the Bible, as the sole source of faith and practice.

Heads or Tails with Jean Harrison

After joining a group of women at church in doing an online devotional called "Good Morning Girls", where the women take a passage of Scripture and "S.O.A.P." it (Scripture-Observation-Application-Prayer) Jean found herself thinking through Scripture and it's application to life in her walks with her new puppy, Buddy. Here are some of her musings...

Is Marriage An Amusement Ride?

Jean Harrison

Brian and I are celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary at the end of April.  On the Sunday morning before the big event, I was thinking along the lines that marriage is like being in an amusement park with my wonderful husband.  We are in a seat built for two and we have a lap-restraint holding us together.
These days, I like the Tilt-A-Whirl and the Scrambler the best.  For some reason, when I'm riding them I just laugh and giggle the whole time.  It's a joyous experience for me.  I used to ride the roller coasters but just cannot do them anymore.  I never liked the Ferris Wheel; too slow and too high.  That combination didn't agree with me at all.
My husband's preferences are somewhat different.  He enjoys the roller coasters and the more wild, adventurous rides.  When we lived in Orlando, we both loved a ride called Space Mountain.  It is a roller coaster but the spin is that the ride is in "pitch black" conditions.  You cannot see what is coming or where this ride is taking you.
So this "Space Mountain" marital journey encapsulates many emotions.  Some days are laughs and giggles.  Others days we hold each other tight and cry out because the journey is pitch black.  There are frights, screams, rollicking laughter, and awesome wonder.
The "Lap Restraint" holding us tight is Christ Jesus.  He knows exactly where this journey is taking us.  No surprises for Him.  Brian and I cannot see what is ahead and that's where faith and trust in our Lord connects us.  We hug each other tight, our Savior puts His Arms around both of us tightly, and our Holy Father has arms big enough to engulf all of us in a heavenly embrace.  What more could we ever want from this journey?
Isaiah 52:12 "For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard".