Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Best Gift Is A Poem

Today is mine and Jon's 4th anniversary. I'll admit that we joke between the two of us, 'we've only been married four but it seems like 12.' The only reason we can get away with that is because we know how hard it's been to blend two families (actually, ours collided) and the challenges we have had to face.

To be honest, we've had some pretty low points in the past four years, and at times didn't know that we'd 'make it'. But, by the grace of God it seems we have settled quite nicely into married life and I can say without a doubt that we love each other more and more every day and lucky him, he's stuck with me for good.

Before we were married, I was given a poem that Jon had written for me and it's probably the most cherished gift I've ever received from him. I believe words to be a very powerful thing and many times in the past four years I have gone back and read this and known that no matter what we're feeling at the time, one day when we're looking back we'll know that we have always been right where we're supposed to be.

Two Rivers Combined
Much like a stream, we aspire to the path
that the Lord has put before us,

Faithful to follow the current as we make our way
through the turbulent, the calm and the still waters of life.

As one stream meets another, there becomes a stronger,
more defined sense of purpose.

Together at last, they now have the opportunity to follow
what my have otherwise been impassable on their own.

With strength combined, their current will enable them
to overcome obstacles that may have re-directed their flow.

In fact, as the two become one in Him,
they now control their destination.

For so long, we have drifted, all the while aimlessly
allowing the current to overcome,

Now thankful as we begin to understand that our direction
was set forth long ago by a power much greater than our own.

It is with a fair amount of anxiousness that we
recognize the gifts which lie before us,

For with such gifts comes a responsibility to return the blessings,
Of which the greatness given, we can never repay.

The river is to Jesus what the sea is to the Father.
Powerful, yet with incredible beauty and grace,

we are led to that place where deep in our hearts
we knew we were always meant to be.

JB 2005

14 comments:

Shark Bait said...

That is seriously beautiful that there.

Candace Jean July 16 said...

Love the river analogy. That poem is a literary foot rub. Happy anniversary! Love you!

sherri said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! BEAUTIFUL!
John is making all other guys pale in comparison. Big AL's poems could only be Haikus. If he could even pull off 3 lines! Bless his heart.

Many, many, loving years to the both of you.

Billy Coffey said...

Happy anniversary, Annie. It's so good you've found your happiness. And that poem? Sigh...

Beth said...

That poem is so wonderful. I think you and Jon's story is just an amazing God thing. The obstacles you face just seem to bind you closer together. Happy anniversary to you both!!

Wendy said...

Happy 12th, uh, 4th Anniversary! And you found a poem guy? Does he give lessons?

Helen said...

Happy Anniversary. That is a beautiful poem.

Amrita said...

Happy Anniversary.

Beautifully expressed thoughts.

Connie Arnold said...

Wow, that truly is a wonderful gift! Thank you for sharing it.

Steph @Red Clay Diaries said...

Happy Anniversary! That poem was truly wonderful. He should be blogging too!

And you gotta love that Candy- everything is a foot rub.

I prefer to think of it as a literary five-course gourmet meal.

Which is probably why I weigh a TAD more than Candy...

The Homefront said...

What a beautiful poem.

Happy Anniversary!

Matt @ The Church of No People said...

That's awesome! Congratulations.

Amy Deardon said...

happy anniversary! What beautiful thoughts in that poem

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