Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Vows
for a Rededication Ceremony
(these were composed for a retired pastor and his lovely wife)
Charles to Barbara
When God brought you into my life....the entire course of it was changed. You were so lovely to me.
It was not only physical beauty Barbara...that made me love you. It was who you were inside...the woman that God was forming...just for me.
I wanted to serve God so much...and so I have, to the best of my ability. I understand in my heart, that it was you, through God's leading, which helped me to do so.
You supported me and loved me through some very long days...and nights also. You allowed me to do what I needed to do for Him and for myself. You gave me three wonderful children. But there's so much more. You were there WITH me and FOR me through 50 special years.
I remember times when it seemed there wasn't enough of me to go around. So many people needed and depended on me as I was ministering to them.
I need you to know how much your love has always meant to me. Perhaps there were times when I didn't tell you as often as I could have...but know, Barbara, that I love you deeply. In fact, I love you more now than ever. I am blessed to know that YOU are the woman I have awakened with throughout the years.
I want to hold your hand and spend the rest of my days showing you that love.
Barbara, I give you these words from Song of Solomon, Chapter 8.
" Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: For love is as strong as death....
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it; If a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would be utterly contemned."
And from Chapter 4: Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse.
I love you and praise GOD for you Barbara.
I am blessed.
June 29,1952 - June 29, 2002
Barbara to Charles
Dearest Husband of Mine...
I am so blessed.
Did we know for certain that we'd be standing here...five decades after we married...loving each other this way? We've shared so very much together. There have been wonderful times and yes, a few trials. God has been the foundation of our life together. There is nothing stronger than God's love.
Charles, if there were, it would be my love for you.
As a woman, there were times when you were serving Him, that I missed you and longed for you to be home more. But...as your wife and sister in Christ...I love and continue to love you that much more for serving Him.
Few women can truly say their husband is worthy of deep respect. I have the privilege of respecting you as God's servant, my husband, my partner, my brother in Christ and my very best friend.
There are not words to express the deep love I have for you...not only in my heart...but with all of who I am...and with all that I have become...because of your love, honesty and faithfulness.
Perhaps these words from the Book of Ruth say it best:
Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee. For whither thou goest, I will go. Whither thou lodgest, I will lodge. Thy people shall be my people and thy God my God. Whither thou diest, I will die and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
I love you Charles...and if God wills, we will hold hands as we rise up to meet Him when He returns in His clouds of glory.
June 29,1952 - June 29, 2002
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