Celebrating Anniversaries: 1st, 28th, 29th, 53rd, 61st

As mentioned before, Rachel and I had the joy of visiting my parents at their new home in George West, Texas. One of the days we were there, we all went to Corpus Christi with my Oma and Opa (that’s German for Grandma and Grandpa) to celebrate their fifty-third(!) wedding anniversary. Though I was fighting off a cold that afternoon, the time with them was both a delight and an encouragment. Fifty-three years of marriage is a wonderful testimony to the preserving grace of God in marriage, and is a good example that Rachel and I can surely look to and glean from as we celebrate our first anniversary. Certainly, Oma and Opa’s enduring marriage bears great testimony to the conclusion Jesus draws from Genesis 2:24, “so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate (Mark 10:8-9). 

We also spent one evening later that week celebrating our first wedding anniversary and my parents’ twenty-ninth. That evening, the guys were in charge of the meal, the ladies were in charge of the dessert, and then both couples were to share a little bit about what the Lord taught them in marriage. To hear a small portion of what the Lord has taught my parents in their marriage was also an encouragement for our own relationship. My parents both testified of the Lord’s strength, his faithfulness, his comfort, his grace, and his provision. When they finished, the words of Hannah in 1 Samuel 2:2 were quite fitting: “There is no one holy like the Lord, indeed there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like our God.

Apart from these June anniversaries in my own family, Rachel’s parents’ also recently celebrated their twenty-eighth last May, and her grandparents’ are currently celebrating their sixty-first (and doing so on a cruise to the Carribean!). Both of these marriages also continue to minister to our own in various ways: bearing witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, manifesting Jesus’ covenant-love for his bride, and declaring God’s goodness to his creation in designing marriage (Eph 5:21-32).

Celebrating these anniversaries has been a good time to remember God’s grace in kindness, not just to our own families, but to the entire assembly of the redeemed, the church, the bride of the always faithful, Jesus Christ.

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