A couple of weeks ago, our wonderful, amazing, fantabulous, stupendous, godly, blessed, loving and well-loved (any other adjectives?) parents celebrated their wedding anniversary.
On April 21st, our parents, David and Kris, were united in marriage and vowed to remain faithful and committed to each other no matter what. And that’s exactly what they have done for many years.
We truly appreciate our parents. Dad and Mom have been wonderful examples to us children of committment and faithfulness. They take their wedding vows seriously (“till death do us part”) and do truly love each other. Yes, they are not perfect, and they often tell us of the realities of marriage, sharing that while it is one of the greatest blessings, it is also one of the most difficult relationships to keep strong along the journey of life. They know the truth in God’s Word stating: “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him, and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecc. 4:12)
The night of their anniversary we watched a video of their wedding ceremony (actually the first time for many of us to see the video and “attend” a true, godly wedding), and some of us had a hard time holding back the tears. We had not realized all the precious and significant ceremonial aspects of the wedding before, like the father (Grandpa) of the bride (our radiant and beautiful mother 🙂 ) transferring his authority to the groom (our happy and handsome father:) ) and the gravity of their vows. It really opened the eyes of us kids, especially us older ones, to how sacred marriage really is.
During their wedding sermon, their former pastor said some amazingly prophetic things that none of us had remembered or heard before. For example, he kept mentioning the “journey” of faith (using Hebrews 11 as his basis for the sermon). As you probably have picked up on, that word means so much to us, as we are truly on a journey of joy and faith – a “great adventure”. Then, the pastor also talked of Dad’s singing, and he kept saying, “Keep singing, Dave”. How we laughed at the irony, considering our family’s present life situation! 🙂
Oh, our dear parents, we are so grateful for you. Keep on this journey of faith, and yes, keep singing. We love you dearly, are thankful for your godly guidance and unconditional love, and we treasure you deeply. Words cannot fully express what you mean to us, and perhaps we don’t know the extent of your worth to us kids. Keep loving each other as Christ has first loved you.
“Two are better than one, because they have good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him, and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Dad and Mom’s wedding verses)
Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for the Garms Kids