As I think back one year ago I’m struck, once again, by God’s faithfulness and grace in our lives.
I wrote the below poem and delivered it at the wedding rehearsal dinner of my sister and her husband-to-be.
When I was asked a few days beforehand to prepare something to say, I had no idea what I was suppose to do….Do I go funny? Tell a story about my sister? I didn’t know - this was my first time as a maid of honor. So I plopped down on my bedroom floor and, thinking about the occasion, asked myself one question, “What needs to be said?”
It was God’s grace that brought these two people together, and God’s grace that will see them through the deepest valleys to come, just as He had and is the parents of the couple, the grandparents, and all of us that had journeyed to the reception hall that night.
As I reminisced on my bedroom floor of the joys and pains of life and the grace that upheld us to that day, I can reminisce now of the great blessing of the birth of the couple’s little baby boy and his sorrowful, early death. God is faithful - we're only able to say, "By God's grace."
Reminiscing of God's Grace
We gather on this lovely day
reminiscing of our trail to this place -
its winds and crooks, and views and springs,
reminding us of what faithfulness brings.
Our travels brought us joy and glee
of baby arrivals and finishing degrees,
of wonder how God gifts a soul
with what he’s given this lady we now behold.
Our journey led to valleys deep
with pain and sorrow, and with loss extreme,
of those whose journeys have drawn nigh
but view of this day is from heaven’s side.
Our voyage has been lit by faith,
by love, compassion and amazing grace;
a pilgrimage that’s old yet new,
uniting of lives and of families too.
We’ll gather again one day soon
reminiscing of the blushing bride and groom -
we’ll speak of winding trails and steeps,
of great joy and glee, and valleys too deep.
We’ll try to remember how we got to this place,
but only be able to say,
“By God’s grace”.