I 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!
A TESTIMONY AND A PRAYER
The old man took her tired hand
to hold for one last time.
The years had finâ€™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, â€œMy love, the time
was cruelly short to me.
I cannot say goodbye to you
and let your passing be.â€
â€œHow can I ever say farewell
or ever let you part?
You are my only precious thing,
the joy of my old heart.â€
And as his eyes began to well,
she reached to touch his face.
And then her quivering voice began
to give one final grace.
â€œThis is the day the Lord has made,
The one Heâ€™s brought to pass.
This day was written in His book
before my first was past.â€
â€œThe Lord has granted us to spend
together all these years.
Heâ€™s also granted all the joy
and even all our tears.â€
â€œAnd 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!â€
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!