It was 37 years ago today that Lois and I were married.We married at her little church in Ypsilanti. After a modest reception in the church basement we got in our lime-green Plymouth Duster with a broad white racing stripe and headed south down Interstate 75 toward our apartment in Ohio where we would begin our life together. We ate our first meal at Bob Evans in Lima as the sun set on our first day as a family. She had country ham. I had a bowl of chicken noodles. On those first autumn nights the cool breeze would billow the curtains and carry the aroma of growing things off the fields around us into our room. We learned to live together for the glory of God by the grace of God.
Today after 37 years, four sons, four daughters and eight grandchildren, I can say with deep gratitude and humility, Solo Deo Gloria—to God alone be glory. God has providentially protected us, provided for us, guided us… What David said is true, The Good Shepherd has led us beside still waters into green pastures, restored our weary souls, set an abundant table before us in the presence of our enemies. For his name’s sake he has led us in paths of righteousness. Even when we have passed through difficult times he has comforted us and chastised us as his cherished lambs. We can say with full hearts that our cup runs over with blessing. His goodness, and mercy have followed us all the days of our lives…. God has allowed us to have years of ministry with hundreds, even thousands of people and given us the desire of our hearts.
We are making plans for a special time together when our schedules allow us a couple quiet days. We will go somewhere beautiful. We will hold hands across the table as we have done thousands of times, our eyes will pool with tears and the memory of the great goodness of God and we will look down a bright winding road into a golden future because the path of the just is like a shining light that get brighter and brighter until the full light of dawn. Solo Deo Gloria.
September 8, 2016