Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Happy birthday, dear Johnny

Yes, the title is lifted from the birthday song, but I want to be clear–dear is not a throwaway word. And to be very clear, dear Johnny is nothing like dear John. Exactly the opposite, in fact. I’ve never written Dear John to him, nor have I ever written him a Dear John.

I am very thankful for this day–the 65th anniversary of the birth of John Stephen Piper to William Solomon Hottle Piper and Ruth Eulalia Mohn Piper.

God formed his inward parts and knitted him together in his mother’s womb. I praise God for Johnny is fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. His frame was not hidden from you,  when he was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

My thanks to God includes his writing the days of Johnny’s life so that Johnny’s pages overlapped with mine in 1966 and merged permanently and inseparably with the chapters of my life in 1968.

Your eyes saw his unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for him, when as yet there was none of them.

I am thankful that all of our days are in his hands.

How precious to us are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If we would count them, they are more than the sand. We awake, and we are still with you.

Happy birthday, dear Johnny.

Noel & Johnny

(Scripture quotes adapted from Psalm 139:13-16)

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14 Responses to “Happy birthday, dear Johnny”

  1. Please wish your husband a wonderful birthday from the van Eyks in Tain Scotland. May God grant him many more years to faithfully serve our Lord.
    We all remember with fondness the time that you spent with us in Scotland.
    God bless,
    Lucy for all 8

  2. I’m thankful God knit the two of you together in this life…you make a powerful and fruitful team for His glory. Happy birthday to Dr. Piper from us…Connie for the M’s

  3. That is beautiful. I hope my marriage is just like y’alls.

  4. Met John in lovely Lincoln NE in November 1995 at the Future Grace conference/seminar. Had the glories of God pour into my soul. Next to my Bible, Desiring God has become the most influential resource in my spiritual formation. I thank God for the big spiritual eyes that John sees and savors through!


  5. My 9 year old son (the oldest of my 4 boys) shares a birthday with your husband. Our first prime minister in Canada was also born the 11th of January (John A. MacDonald).
    Happy birthday Mr. Piper!

  6. Loved your article….sorry I missed this very special birthday for a very special man.

  7. Happy birthday to your husband from Mongolia. Thank God for His truths that revealed to you.

  8. Birthday blessings to both of you! <3

  9. We here in Brazil are very thankful for everything God’s been doing in your lives and trhough your lives. May God keep on blessing you and the work that He Himself has began. We’re sure He’ll sustain it till the end! :-)

  10. Happy Birthday on 1-11-11!!! God is so good! I praise Him for you both.

  11. Your man has been the single most influential mentor in my life. But he would not be the man he is without the woman that you are. Thank you, on your Johnny’s birthday, for walking with God and loving him for 42 years and counting. May the sovereign Lord give you both many more.

  12. Happy Birthday to your husband! We are so grateful for the work that God has done in his life (and yours), for, though his studies and writings, it has had a tremendous impact on us. Blessings to your family!
    Greg and Rebekah
    Lancaster, PA

  13. (Sorry, I meant “he” not “it” has had a tremendous impact on us.)

  14. Oh, what a beautiful couple y’all are!

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