Forty years ago on Easter Sunday evening, I read the following poem to the young lady I was about to ask to marry me:
I Need a Hand
By Gregory Henderson
A hand to touch, to hold, to bend, to fold
A hand to shyly reach for and to learn of love with
A hand to hold within my own two hands.
A hand to live and share with, to grow and learn with
A hand to clasp on walks in woods, to study with and put a ring on
A hand to seek God’s will with and to start a new life together.
A hand to join with mine in prayer and Bible study
A hand to cry with and rejoice with
A hand to build a home with, to protect and hold a tiny hand with
And to lead our children to the Lord.
A hand to rest with, and caress, to reminisce with, and rejoice
A hand to love our grandchildren, to praise God for all circumstances
A hand to share the wisdom of our life
A hand to love yet more with every year.
Thankfully that young lady, Leeta Hale, accepted my proposal and became Mrs. Leeta Christie a few months later. We celebrate our fortieth wedding anniversary this coming Sunday, August 25, 2019.
Proverbs 18:22 teaches: “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 19:14 adds: “Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.”
I have experienced the truths of those Scripture verses in fullest measure in the wonderful life partner God has blessed me with. When I first married Leeta I was aware of and attracted by a number of her delightful, positive characteristics and qualities. But I had no way of knowing then that I comprehended only a fraction of her attractive, commendable traits which would come to be manifested through the many years and experiences of life we would share together. With each passing year, I continue to learn more about my wife and to more fully appreciate her.
In addition to praising God for the unspeakable blessing of the cherished wife he has given me, I praise Him for the innumerable blessings He has permitted us to share together in life:
- A personal, growing, sustaining relationship with Him
- Our three lovely daughters, two quality sons-in-law and one (so far) darling granddaughter
- Many faithful, supportive friends and family members
- The privilege of carrying out meaningful, fulfilling ministry and work
- Health and strength
- This list could go on and on!
However many more years the Lord grants us together as husband and wife, may He help us to:
- Love and appreciate Him most of all
- Appropriately cherish and honor each other
- Be appropriately grateful for all our other blessings in life
- Faithfully, earnestly serve Christ and people
- Show forth Jesus to others, as individuals and as a couple
So enable us, blessed Holy Spirit of Christ!
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In special celebration of our fortieth wedding anniversary, Leeta and I recently took our first-ever overseas trip, to Scotland. (If you care to, you may see a preview of that trip in my August 9, 2019 Perspective) Thanks to everyone who prayed for the Lord’s manifold blessings on all aspects of our trip; we certainly experienced those. As we had anticipated, we found Scotland to be a land rich in God’s natural created beauty, significant Christian history and distinctive cultural aspects. We also met many friendly, helpful people and a number of faithful, fervent Christians. God willing, in future Perspectives I will plan to share a few of the worthwhile highlights from that trip.
Copyright 2019 by Vance E. Christie