Thirty Years and Counting

Thirty years ago today a woman spoke two words which changed my life forever. Those words were, “I do.”

Wow. What an inconceivable thing, that someone would make a commitment to me and then keep that commitment not for five or ten years, but for thirty.


I thank God for Barb and her love for me and for her faithfulness to the commitments she makes. I have no question, on the basis of those two words, that this woman will be with me until death.

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Due to the kindness of a friend and due to the willing commitment of our younger daughters to care for our young son, we are able to celebrate this milestone with a week in Chicago.

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The song that was sung at our wedding continues to be our prayer for our relationship together. We share it with you here:

May the mind of Christ our Savior
live in us from day to day,
by his love and pow’r controlling all we do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly
in our hearts from hour to hour,
so that all may see we triumph only through his pow’r.

May the peace of God our Father
rule our life in everything,
that we may be calm to comfort sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill us
as the waters fill the sea;
him exalting, self abasing, this is victory.

May his beauty rest upon us
as we seek the lost to win,
and may they forget the channel, seeing only him.

2 thoughts on “Thirty Years and Counting

  1. MagistraCarminae

    Ahh- 30 years ago, I was in piercing pain from an abscess in my gum, and still managed to sing at your wedding in an upright position…Have a wonderful time in Chicago, and if you need “insider” tips, call me for my brother Matt’s cell number– they live near the Loop!Love,Chris

  2. Gus&Adri

    Congratulations! And here’s to the next 10, 20, 30, ??Hope you are having fun in The Windy City.Gus and Adri

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