Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Acts 9:32-43

Normally, I would be writing about today’s lesson. Specifically, I would be focusing on how Peter’s actions begin to fulfill Jesus’ words in John 14:12-13. I would also be exhorting us to continue fulfilling those words today. However this is not a normal day (for me anyway). So in the words of professors and academic writers everywhere, I leave that "as an exercise for the reader."

This is not a normal day because tomorrow I celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary. It doesn’t seem possible to me that it can actually be two full decades since I was driving down a country road to "make it to the church on time!" But, as I look back over all the blessings I have received since, and because of, that day, it’s incredible to think that so much can be packed into such a short time!

Those blessings start with the unique circumstances that brought Debbie and me together and continue through sharing with her the pride of being parents to four wonderful children. Most important though, is the knowledge that we share a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. I honestly can’t think of any better way to have spent the last twenty years than to grow together in our knowledge and love of God as well as our knowledge and love for each other.

Lately, as it has dawned on us that the hectic days of scouts, sports and music events are numbered, Debbie and I have begun discussing what we would like to do in our empty-nest years. While we have no intention of rushing our children’s lives, I must admit to being a little excited about what the future may hold for us as just a couple again. If the next twenty years are anything like the last twenty, I will truly be a blessed man.

Happy Anniversary, Sweetie! I love you!

Mark Vereb

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