Tuesday, May 30, 2006


ONE MORE CELEBRATION. Today is the 25th anniversary of our wedding. Becky and I made our marriage vows to each other here in this city on May 30, 1981 (I graduated from college on Monday, turned 22 on Wednesday and got married on Saturday in the same week!). Becky and I have come so far and yet find ourselves close to where we started. Here we are in the city where we met and were married, serving together our children and the city through the church. I am grateful for Becky's partnership and love, aware all the while that such love is a mysterious gift--one to be received, nurtured and revered.

FROM THIS DAY FORWARD. Here are the words to the song that Mildred "Mickey" Cope (a local woman who authored the hymn "Holy Spirit, Be My Guide") wrote for us and that we sang to each other in our wedding:

From this day forward we two shall be as one.
From this day forward with our new lives begun
We'll trust the Father to guide us through each day
To give us wisdom and help us on our way.

Our love shall deepen as we walk hand in hand
Through joy our sorrow, and we shall understand
That in His goodness He will supply our need;
He'll walk before us as He gently leads.

From this day forward our hopes and dreams we'll share.
From this day forward we'll work, we'll plan, we'll care,
And to each other our true love we will give
And keep on loving so long as we shall live.

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