Before we leave the anniversary topic altogether, I want to tell you how amazing the party actually was. You saw the decor and the lights and the food, but the very best part was the fellowship and uplifting of one another.
It was a small group and that made the interaction sweet. Our friends are amazing people. They are godly, loving, serving and caring.
After dinner and much laughter, we scooted our chairs into an informal circle and began to share. Each of the men had something that the Lord put on their heart and one at a time they expressed their thoughts. Some read Scriptures, some shared their experiences, all of them were very encouraging.
All of these couples have been married a long time and we seldom stop to reflect on marriage. It is a good thing to remember to pay attention every once in a while. Together we reflected on God’s wisdom in giving us our spouses and how much we have learned from each one another.
After the men shared, the women talked a little about the relationships we have with each other. I was humbled to hear some ways I have blessed them because I know how much more they each bless ME. Lastly, we all prayed together and thanked God for our marriages and for the opportunity to spend the time together.
After the discussion died down, we turned the music back on. I found some jazz hymns that were perfect for an adult evening under the stars. We naturally drifted into smaller groups and further ministered to each other. Some were laughing, some were talking about their children’s weddings, in one corner a few men were helping someone with a problem and I was sitting and watching my friends enjoy each other.
As the couples left one by one, James and I would glance at each other and smile, knowing how much each couple meant to us and how grateful we are to know them. When everyone was gone, we invited our older children (who were still cleaning up dishes inside) to join us outside. We all sat there talking about the joys of the evening and we thanked them profusely for serving so selflessly so we could enjoy the party.
Everyone was too tired to bring the rest of the decorations inside. That could wait until tomorrow. We unplugged the outdoor lights and crawled into bed, sighing with satisfaction.
It was a glorious evening led by the Holy Spirit. No amount of planning decorations or cooking can create that. It takes years of loving others and building relationships, prayer and a loving family.
Thank you all for sharing this with me and letting me tell you all about it. I pray that each of you be as blessed.