Today was our four-year wedding anniversary. It was also Judah’s first birthday. Cindi and I were married on December 20th, 2002, and Judah was born (unbeknownst to us at the time) on December 20th, 2005.
The end of the semester was very lopsided for me as I worked overtime to finish my M.Div. at The Master’s Seminary. Maybe posts here will be a bit more regular over Christmas Break.
But this occasion calls for at least a brief tribute — not to us, but to the Lord.
We have not necessarily filled the day with special events, since we just returned from two days away with Cindi’s aunt and uncle in beautiful Monterey. But both Cindi and Judah are on my heart. I could never repay God for all the joy He has given me in my wife and my son, so I’m glad that He does not ask for repayment but only the worship of Christ-centered enjoyment and honest gratitude.
Anniversaries and birthdays are good times to celebrate the goodness of God in traditional and fresh ways. Traditions reflect the constancy of God’s faithfulness, and fresh celebrations reflect His vivacity. We need both because God’s traditional faithfulness is not stale and His lively works are not whimsical. He is always the same, but often in new ways. Yet the newness of His yearly grace never jeopardizes the rhythmic, predictable pattern of His steadfast love.
From now on, December 20th will be a double blessing in my life — the reminder of my precious marriage with my bride as well as the gift of my first-born son. Always this will be a day of remembered grace.