My Friend JJ Morales.

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An Intentional Husband

She walked in and JJ was not in the hospital room. Where was he? The nurse walked in to show Michelle to a secret location. The roof of the hospital. There she found her husband JJ. The secret revealed. It was their 3rd wedding anniversary! The scene was set. His plan in full culmination. The sound of their wedding playlist filled the air and the backdrop was nature’s sunset. They are a funny couple sometimes. They celebrate in small ways with small houses and small wedding anniversary celebrations. Who remembers their small house? Now we will all remember their “small” 3rd anniversary celebration.

“Many waters cannot quench love...” Song of Songs 8:7

JJ proved that verse to be true.

A Spiritual Leader

His grandparents went to pray for him. JJ’s mom’s parents. His grandfather wondered out loud and said something to the effect of “Why God?” Afterwards, JJ spoke with his mom and dad and their conversation went something like this.

“Did you notice how grandpa prayed?”

“How did he pray?”

JJ responded.

“He asked, ‘Why did this happen God?’ But this didn’t come from God. God is full of love.”

What a beautiful example of clarity, discernment and faith.

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3

JJ proved that verse to be true.

A Trustworthy Friend

At the time, my wife and I were just dating. We were planning a mission trip to Colombia. To be completely honest, my future mother-in-law didn’t really trust her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend traveling alone to Houston to get a passport. We needed a passport in a hurry because the deadline was approaching so we had to drive over night from the Valley. She said somebody had to go with us. That person was JJ. As soon as she found out JJ was going, she felt much better. JJ let me borrow some of his trustworthiness. I wish I could just lend somebody my trustworthiness like that. He stopped what he was doing to drive with us that day.

He was in my wedding and we were padrinos in his. Our families have been friends for over 20 years. What can I say except that you could always count on JJ. Always.


You have set a beautiful example my friend. I hope my light can shine as bright as yours.

“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27

You lived this.