Big Celebration

My wife and I celebrated our 60th anniversary last week. It was a time of joy, reflection, and thankfulness. Dear friends gifted us with a luncheon in their home in Melbourne Beach Florida.

It was also an opportunity to thank all those who have helped with hospital and doctor transportation, meals, encouragement, prayer, and so many other acts of kindness during my five-year battle with cancer and they were invited to share the afternoon with us. We are the beneficiaries of Galatians 6:10: “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

Emily’s wedding dress was in full view as we entered the home, and I realized again the treasure of the verse, “He who finds a wife finds what is good” Prov 18:22. Thank you Lord that you have daily guided and directed our steps and given us opportunities to serve.

We were both reminded that “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain” Psalm 127:1. My prayer has been, “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation” Psalm 71:18.

Thankfulness abounds. Our children who are walking with the Lord. “Children are a heritage from the Lord, a reward from him” Psalm 127:3. Our grandchildren who know and love you. “Children’s children are a crown to the aged” Proverbs 17:6a.  And stories of our six great grandchildren bring joy to our hearts. “A cheerful heart is good medicine” Proverbs 27:22.

On our 25th anniversary my wife said, “Grow old with me, the best is yet to come.” On our 35th and our 50th she again said those words. Last week she said, “You have grown old with me and the best is STILL yet to come.” We look forward to an eternity with the Lord when we are Finally Home.

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