10th Wedding Anniversary

WeddingI don’t usually post personal items on this blog, but today will be an exception. Today is my 10th wedding anniversary. I’m married to the loveliest girl on the planet, and these have definitely been the best 10 of my 37 years.

Leading up to today, my thoughts have been on a poem that I wrote on the occasion of our third anniversary. It’s not meant to be a sad ending, but a happy one. It’s a short narrative of a vision that I have of finishing well with my bride, whether she or I go first. Happy Anniversary, Sweetie!

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A TESTIMONY AND A PRAYER

The old man took her tired hand
to hold for one last time.
The years had fin’lly pressed her to
her final breaths of life.

Their wrinkled hands in warm embrace
brought back the long-gone years,
The memories of their happy times,
and those dissolved in tears.

The old man saw in her ill frame
the girl that stole his heart.
He saw in her that gracious gaze
that filled their home with warmth.

His mind turned back to lighter days
when she did make her mark,
The children her love reared for them,
Her single heart for God.

He also felt the weight of grace
that marked her many years,
How she had borne him patiently
when he did cause the tears.

The old man said, “My love, the time
was cruelly short to me.
I cannot say goodbye to you
and let your passing be.”

“How can I ever say farewell
or ever let you part?
You are my only precious thing,
the joy of my old heart.”

And as his eyes began to well,
she reached to touch his face.
And then her quivering voice began
to give one final grace.

“This is the day the Lord has made,
The one He’s brought to pass.
This day was written in His book
before my first was past.”

“The Lord has granted us to spend
together all these years.
He’s also granted all the joy
and even all our tears.”

“And though this is a bitter day,
we owe Him so much thanks.
Dear, we made it! By Him we did!
Yes, we made it! By grace!”
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Oh Father, grant that we may see
our days as at their end.
Oh let us know the weight of grace
in every year we spend.

We make this prayer unto You,
for there is no one higher.
This testimony of Your grace
we desperately desire!

17 Responses to 10th Wedding Anniversary

  1. Brian Krieger July 8, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    Happy Anniversary, Dr. Burk. I pray for you to be prophetic in your poem.

  2. Jim Hamilton July 8, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    Hallelujah! Praise God for the Burks! What a blessing to be your friend,

    Jim

  3. Steve Hayes July 8, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    Happy Anniversary, Denny. Maintaining a healthy marriage is no small thing in this age. I praise God for this milestone in your life and look forward with hope to reports of your continued happiness.

  4. Rev. Ryan M. July 8, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    What a joyful post! I love it. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Larry Geiger July 8, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    I think that looking to the future, and to the end of things, together, is important for a couple. My wife and I picture ourselves sitting on the front porch in our rocking chairs looking at photo albums (my wife likes to create albums). It helps to fix in our minds that we intend to be together to the end. Thanks for the poetry.

  6. Derek July 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    Happy anniversary to you two kids. I can’t believe its been ten years. I was honored to be a part of your day.

    Derek

  7. Jill Hamilton July 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    I definitely agree, Denny, that your wife is the loveliest on the planet. How precious she is! And how moving is your poem. Thank you for sharing and congratulations!!

  8. Denny Burk July 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    Thanks, all, for the well-wishes. We appreciate it very much!

    Derek, yes, you were a part of it, and I am so grateful that you were. I just posted a picture of you with our wedding party on my Facebook page. You’ll have to go check it out!

  9. Courtney Reissig July 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    I agree with Jill! Susan is amazing! Congratulations from the Reissigs!

  10. Hoodlum July 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    Ahhhh. 10 years ago today…one of my fondest “Denny” memories.

    We were finally able to extract revenge for all those times you started up that Sentra in the middle of August (when it was over 120 degrees inside the car) with the heater running full blast until someone (typically Rafe) started to ask “what’s wrong with the a/c in this stupid car?”. How many of those styrofoam peanuts did we end up melting in your car as you guys escaped for the honeymoon?

    The only regret is that sweet Susan had to suffer (you had to act all chivalrous and put her in the car first). Just goes to show that your sin not only affects you, but also those you love. 😛

    Happy Anniversary!

  11. Matthew Staton July 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    Happy Anniversary!

  12. Denny Burk July 8, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    Stephen, you knuckleheads put those styrofoam peanuts in there without any thought about the longterm impact. We never got rid of those things. Years later they were still falling out of the corners and crevices of that car. The AC smelled like styrofoam from then on too.

    The punishment did not fit the crime!

    Great to hear from you, bro!

    Denny

  13. Donald Johnson July 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    Congrats!

  14. Clint Armani July 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    Congrats, Burks! Good word for us all to be faithful each day to the end.

  15. sandra July 9, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Beautiful poem. Of course, our thoughts and prayers for continued blessings on your marriage are ever present. You are both very blessed to have each other…two very special people. Love you both

  16. Michael July 9, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Congratulations Dr. Burk.

  17. Bobby July 13, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Denny,

    Happy Anniversary to you and my sis. Thanks for being a great husband to her. We couldn’t have asked for a better brother/son-in-law.

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