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Forty Years

By Belinda

Let the bells ring out again

Bringing loads and loads of cheer

To the celebrating pair

Praying that your love won't wane

But grow deeper year by year

In God's tender love and care

May your future brighter grow

In the joy that both can know

That the Eternal God doth reign

Rev. Ron .F. T. Burston (Paul's dad) August 23rd 1972 (3rd Wedding Anniversary)

Forty years ago today I was a nervous 19 year old, with hands that shook as they held a bouquet of yellow roses.

I have been celebrating, during the weeks leading up to this day, by remembering (and writing of course,) about some parts of our journey.

Our celebration of this milestone anniversary, has been unique to "us." We are very different in personality and what falls within each of our comfort zones. So as the day approached, we talked through how we were going to celebrate.

For me it was important to acknowledge the blessing of being together at all, and then for so long. I didn't need any fanfare or big party to do that; I only really needed one person. Every other acknowledgement would just be a blessing.

We discussed going away for the weekend together, but then we thought we would plan just a day away together. We talked some more and realized that what we both just really wanted to do was just be here, at home, together. So that's what been doing this weekend: "Being;" "at home;" "together," having celebrations with family and ejoying it very much.

Our 40 years together have held days of pain and shadow; as well as light and laughter. That we are here today is by God's grace and in spite of ourselves. I celebrate that.

John 9:3 (New International Version)
3..."but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life."


Susan said…
Wow, staying together for forty years nowadays takes some incredible tenacity... Congratulation to both of you. What blessing has come out of hanging on tight and finishing the race together. Thank you, God, for your grace and mercy in bringing these two dear people together, and keeping them that way. We all celebrate with you!

(Because if you hadn't made it, where would I eat on Thursday nights? :) )
WiseGuy said…

Julie said…
Congratulations, Belinda and Paul.
Praise the Lord for companions He provides for us to journey our lives with. Have a Blessed anniversary weekend
Oh, Dear, Me, I so understand just staying home to celebrate a life together. May the day be wonderful and your housecoats magical.
Olson Family said…
Congratulations! Happy Anniversary, Belinda & Paul!! And thank you for carrying the torch for those of us in the generation right behind you! We so need inspirations and mentors such as yourselves!

Blessings upon blessings!!
twondra said…
Congrats! 40 years is wonderful!

Love your faith in God.


Deborah Martinez said…
Congratulations,Paul and Belinda, I hope you enjoy every day of your togethernes.
Love, Deborah
Joanna Mallory said…
Congratulations to you both!

I love the imagery in The Message version of Mark 10:5-9 "In the original creation, God made male and female to be together. Because of this, a man leaves father and mother, and in marriage he becomes one flesh with a woman—no longer two individuals, but forming a new unity. Because God created this organic union of the two sexes, no one should desecrate his art by cutting them apart."

This "organic union" is hard work at times, but the rewards are worth it.

God continue to bless you each day.
Meg said…
Hey! Happy Anniversary! I love what you decided to do.

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