When Husbands and Wives Walk in Deep Water

On January 4, 2011, on Twitter, Pastor John wrote:

Marriage. The roots are deep. The covenant is solid. The love is sweet. Life is hard. And God is good.

The quote is a rewrite of what Pastor John wrote in 2003 to Noël in the preface to his book Desiring God.

But when the quote appeared on Twitter in 2011, a woman named Patty Hurtarte copied it into her journal with no immediate purpose for it. But almost two years later she returned to the quote, used her artistic skill to turn it into a design, framed it and gifted her illustration to her pastor and his wife, Joshua and Shannon Harris.

Here's Patty’s design:

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Tony Reinke is a staff writer for Desiring God and the author of three books: Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011), Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015), and The Joy Project: A True Story of Inescapable Happiness (2015). He hosts the popular Ask Pastor John podcast, and lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their three children. He also blogs at tonyreinke.com.