A Poem to My Parents for Their 50th Anniversary
I grew up in a dysfunctional family with a father and mother whose marriage was on the rocks. But when God saved me at age 22, he had more in mind than rescuing me from darkness. He began a work in the entire Gonzales family and eventually drew both my parents to Christ. What’s more, he salvaged and continues to transform their marriage. Last night, we had the joy of celebrating their 50th anniversary. We also rejoiced in the fact that God has become the glue that binds their relationship, and he has graciously granted them believing children and grandchildren to be their crown (Prov 17:6). Below is a brief poem (and prayer) I wrote to commemorate the happy event.
For Your Fiftieth Anniversary
A golden anniversary is rare
When couples neither love the Lord nor care
To trust His word or in His truth abide
But seek their selfish goals all puffed with pride.
Yet God not only saves souls from their sin,
Removing guilt and changing hearts within;
He also loves wrecked marriages to change
And sanctify to magnify His name.
So, Dad and Mom, I celebrate with you—
God did not stop at one but saved the two.
Both joy and pain have marked your fifty years—
Some good times known; but far too many tears.
Because of this I pray to God above
That He might reignite your spark of love
And fill your fleeting days with happiness
So you might know the riches of his grace.
With love, Bobby