May 16, 1992....it was a beautiful spring day full of promise and hope. My sister was breathtaking in her Bridal gown as she gracefully made her way down the aisle to say "I do" to her best friend and man of her dreams. As is typical of Sandra, the day went off without a hitch and a good time was had by all.
Isn't it funny how life is never like our best day....there are many "hitches" in life and yet God, if we allow Him is in the midst all of our days.
Many of you have known Sandra and Mike for a long time and many for just a few years, but all of you know the depth of love and devotion they have for each other and the way they have chosen to raise their girls. They are a living testament to our LORD and saviour. They do so much with such ease, but the bottom line for them at the end of each day is knowing that they have honoured God and been a light to all who come in contact with them. It's no secrect how they do this.
Deuteronomy 11:20 says: "Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night. Inscribe them on the doorposts and gates of your cities so that you'll live a long time, and your children with you, on the soil that God promised to give your ancestors for as long as there is a sky over the Earth."
A verse you will see displayed on a door frame as declaration in my sister and her husband's home is, Joshua 25:15 " But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
We want to celebrate the reason Mike and Sandra have the privilege of celebrating 20 years as Husband and Wife. They have chosen to make God the very core of their marriage and their lives as individuals. Make no mistake. He is their very source. I admire and respect them deeply.
As they face the future together, I am sure this isn't where they thought they would be on their 20th anniversary but I also know they rest in the assurance that God is still in the midst of this and He will carry them through.
Any of us who are married know that what we dreamed on our wedding day has often been different from what life became...life is a dance and sometimes it's through a mine field. I know that for a time Mike may be my sister's legs...but they will continue this beautiful dance together...stronger than ever.
Happy Anniversary Mike and Sandra....we all love you.
This is a link to a beautiful song that seems so appropriate today...
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!