A 50 Year Legacy of Praise
This past weekend my family gathered from all over the country to celebrate my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary in Memphis, TN. A few traveled from Alaska, another group from Washington, my son and his wife came from Nebraska, while we drove up from Florida. All to celebrate the life of a couple whose journey began over 50 years ago.
My parents didn’t start out with much. My father was a blue-collar worker who worked long hours in dirty conditions to provide for his family, while my mom, during the early years, was a stay-at-home with us kids. They both made sure that we were kept healthy and happy, even though money was tight at times. They seldom complained and somehow always made a way.
We regularly attended church, and my mom made sure that we were brought up knowing about Jesus. Maintaining relationships with extended family was also important to my parents, so we spent many evenings and weekends hanging out with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents, from both sides of the family. Life was simple, but good. We were loved and always felt protected and that we belonged to something great.
Over the years, we girls have grown up, left home, got married and now have children and grandchildren of our own. What started out as a story of two lives, has blossomed into a story of seventeen. My parents didn’t know what they were starting at the time. They just began with a little faith and love and they let God do the rest.
While in Memphis, I witnessed a legacy of praise to God in the form of children, grandchildren and even one little great-grandchild. We talked about faith and family. We talked about troubles and hardships, we laughed, and we cried, and God was in the middle of all of it. He has kept us together as a family despite distance and time. He blessed us with good health, finances to travel, hearts that desired to celebrate God’s love and provision to my parents over the years, and a beautiful location for us to gather.
God’s faithfulness to my parents doesn’t stop after this weekend. His faithfulness endures because that is who He is. That is the God we serve. That is the God we praise!!
Thank you for always loving, always providing, always protecting and always being enough. You alone are worthy of praise and honor and glory forever and ever. Amen
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” - Jeremiah 17:8 NIV