Today, September 28, 2014, is a very special day. It is my baby girl’s seventh wedding anniversary. Shawn and Matt are the “oldest married couple” in our family! Mark and I, my daughter Susan and Chris, and my son Steven and Jennifer all were married in 2010. I have had tears in my eyes as I’ve looked at their wedding pictures on the computer this morning. They are still young, but they looked really young in those pictures, yet they handled the trial our family walked through with maturity and wisdom.
If you have kept up with my posts, you know that my former husband died six weeks before Shawn’s wedding, just a few days after we had bridal portraits made. She was the one who found her dad after a frantic call from me while traveling home from out of town. My son was with her at the house, but she was first on the scene. I have so much pain still at the thought of it. Twenty-three years old, happily doing all the things soon-to-be brides have to do, and then a tragic interruption.
My future son-in-law Matt, just 23, was a tower of strength. I know he doesn’t think of himself that way. He must have been crumbling inside, but he took care of his bride. And if that wasn’t enough to handle, he stepped up and was strong for me. I saw in him then the strength and faith in God and compassion that makes him the man he is today. They have had some very rough places in their marriage. They suffered a devastating miscarriage a few years ago that opened the door for the enemy to wreak havoc in their lives with depression and all that goes along with it.
But God restores. May 23, 2013, the Lord blessed them with beautiful little Emma. And although they have the same day-to-day problems all couples do, they have learned to rise above them. As I said in my last post, the outcome of all trials if we look to God will be greater faith. Actually, James said it first–lol–but I have experienced it personally (James 1:2-4). Jesus said in this world we will have tribulation, but to take heart, for He has overcome the world! The grace he gives us to overcome cannot come from anyone but Him, so our faith becomes more real and solid as we face trials in Christ.
So with love and joy in my heart, I want to wish Shawn and Matt a very happy anniversary! Thank you for your love, care, and compassion for me as I walked through the fire and then through the years of trying to find where I fit in the life of singleness. I know that you put your own pain aside to be there for me when I needed you. We have shared so much, but I won’t write about it all. (Moms tend to embarrass their children, you know!)
I pray for you Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, Ephesians 3:14-19:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in you inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God!
Love you so much!