This past weekend we celebrated my Mom and Dad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary! What a special occasion. My parents hosted an anniversary dinner with many of their closest friends and family members. One of the couples was celebrating their 50th Anniversary on the same weekend!
As part of the celebration, I was given the honor of officiating over my parents renewal of their wedding vows. They each shared vows that were perhaps even more meaningful after fifty years of marriage than when they first gave them. No marriage survives fifty years without it’s share of challenges, disappointments, hurts, and pain. But, God has given my parents so many wonderful gifts over the years. Many of those gifts celebrated with us that evening.
One of my favorite parts of the evening was listening as each of my siblings shared some thoughts about Mom and Dad. I was so proud of each one of my brothers and my sister as they shared what our parents’ marriage meant to them.When I spoke I had a chance to share something that I shared in a sermon that I preached many years ago entitled, “What My Parents Did Right.”I didn’t get a chance to share all 24 of these with the guests, but I wanted to share the complete list with you. Hope it’s a blessing in your life today.
What My Parents Did Right
1. They were the same people at home as they were in front of other people.2. They lived what they believed.3. They loved each other and showed affection every day.4. They went on dates.5. They spent time with God.6. They communicated and demonstrated their love to us every day.
7. They prayed with us and for us every day.
8. They listened before they spoke.
9. They set boundaries and stuck to them.
10. They stayed up until we came home.
11. They took each of their children on a date at least once a year.
12. They knew our friends and invited their families over to our home.
13. They made our home the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights.
14. They didn’t sweat the small stuff.
15. They didn’t show favoritism.
16. They made sure we had at least one vacation a year.
17. They loved their parents.
18. They didn’t fight in front of us.
19. They didn’t embarrass us.
20. They didn’t expect us to be perfect.
21. They made sure that our family was involved at a church that ministered to their children.
22. They always made time to bring us to church events.
23. They attended our games, plays, events, etc.
24. They invited missionaries, pastors, teachers, and Christian role models into our home.
One of my favorite shots of the night.
I never thought I’d get a chance to say this, but, “Dad, you may kiss your bride:)”
I had to include a picture of my family with my parents. We are so proud of them.