Twenty-two years! May 25 marks twenty-two years that John and I have been married! WOO HOO! It seems like just yesterday we were planning the festivities – if nothing went wrong, that is!
A couple of weeks before our wedding, I was called for jury duty. When asked if I had a problem being in court the week of May 25, 1996, I informed judge, jury and counsel alike that I would most assuredly NOT be able to be in court! I was getting married and would be on my honeymoon! Whew, they tossed me out pretty quickly, praise God.
A week before the wedding, I came down with a horrible head cold. I felt rotten and there was so much to be done! John tried to console me, but I promptly burt into pre-wedding tears. And yet, he still agreed to marry me!
By and large, most of our planning went into the reception. We wanted to cater the event ourselves, having friends and family bring certain foods. One couple offered to carve a watermelon for a fruit bowl! How generous! Another couple offered to make meatballs. We were so very blessed. But we needed a place to host all this.
There was a new restaurant open downtown, in one of the quaint historic buildings. One side was the restaurant area, and the other side was rented out for events and receptions.
John and I looked forward to a quiet dinner there one night, so we could check the place out. We admired all the beautiful, historic woodwork and architectural elements of the building. We talked about where the dance floor would be, and where we could put all the food. Our waitress heard us planning, and came over to offer assistance.
“Awww, are y’all planning a wedding?”
Proud as peacocks, with grins from ear to ear we answered, “Why, yes we are!”
And then, this:
“Is it your daughter getting married?”
We deflated faster than a balloon with an arrow through it. Ouch! That hurt! We may have been older than most, but we felt like young love birds!
Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. – Benjamin Franklin.
The Lord has certainly been gracious to us over all these years. His faithful love carries us and sustains us for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part. For that we are thankful.
“I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” Isaiah 46:4 NLT
Grace be with you,