|My beautiful bride!|
In Dallas, Texas around 6:34 pm, at Marsh Lane Baptist Church, Sandra Joyce Staton and William Vernon Shorey repeated their vows. It was September 10, 1977.
Our honeymoon was a scenic ride back to Maine. Nothing exotic. Part of it took us through fog in the Blue Ridge Mountains as thick a pea soup! Along the way we by-passed the modern and sought out the rustic. We were kids. We had a blast! We've been back over that trail more than once! Today, Sandy I have been married for 37 years, and God has lavished on us the opportunity to to see a lot of this world. From the playgrounds of the rich and famous to the battlegrounds of the poor and forgotten….
We had no idea what to expect from our union, except that God would see us through the unexpected. Sure enough, we have seen the "for better or for worse and in sickness and in health." But you know what? we wouldn't trade our adventure for anything!
Each season of our journey--from starting out, to raising children (all three of them are wonderful like their mother), to an empty nest--has taught us a lot about loving God, loving others, and living by faith. We have not received the grace of God in vain. Troubled waters and living springs have flowed together carving away the sands of our lesser selves and leaving us with a foundation of rugged tenderness.
Thirty-eight years ago, our lives converged in Springfield, Missouri. Have we done everything right? No. When we haven't we have trusted that to God's grace, too. But we have done a lot! And as best we knew how we followed God's leading to Texas--to Maine--to Massachusetts--to Georgia--To South Carolina--to China. Along the way, thousands of people have loved us and spoken into our lives. And we have always tried to do the same.
When Sandy and I look at our lives through earth eyes the greater part is behind us. But when we look through the eyes of faith--eyes that will never close or fail--the greatest adventures are ahead. Yep, we really believe that!
|We've never stopped!|