For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100:5
If it had not been for the Lord’s mercy, where would we be?
When we faced each other 46 years ago, me dressed in ruffled white and you, so handsome in your dark tux and ruffled shirt, we made promises and could not anticipate how they would be tested, how we would be tested.
We climbed high mountains and crossed troubled waters, wondering if we would come out alive. We did, but we bear the scars.
We tread the daily, the mundane, the getting up each morning to work and take care, to build and repair, and then the next day we did it again.
We have lived years as the two made one. More than two-thirds of my span of days has been spent with you. We are intertwined, you and I, like vines on a trellis.
We are different in so many ways, me the quiet reserved one, you the friendly talker. You are punctual and I am not, and you quote Brad Paisley’s “Waitin’ on a Woman” with a patient smile on your face.
We have loved and lost. We fought for faith when the Lord gave and when He took away. We have shared experiences that are ours alone. We have come far and learned life lessons on the journey together.
I can’t imagine what my life would have been like without you beside me these years. You are still the one, my only one, Sweet William.
For the Lord is good, His mercey is everlasting. He has been faithful and full of compassion to us.
And today is full of grace.