Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! In keeping with tradition here at girltalk, we spend the final week of the year looking back. Over the next few days, we’ll re-post articles written by each other over the last year. I thought this post by Mom—from July of this year—was especially fitting for the day after Christmas, for holidays and milestones often provoke thoughts of the past. May all your memories be markers of the faithfulness of God…
Thirty Years of Faithfulness
This morning, I woke up thinking about our dear friends Robin and Clara Boisvert. Thirty years ago today, they were married. Sadly, I don’t consistently remember all of my friends’ anniversaries. But I rarely forget Robin and Clara’s. That’s because I was in labor with my second child during their wedding ceremony.
Thankfully, Kristin waited until after the ceremony was over to make her entrance into this world. Not only would I have been disappointed to miss Robin and Clara’s wedding, but CJ was performing the ceremony!
I still remember sitting on the back pew of Christ Church in Washington, D.C. as the contractions were coming with persistent regularity. They were just far enough apart that I knew I still had time to make it through the wedding; but as soon as CJ concluded his responsibilities we drove straight to the hospital. Kristin was born in the wee hours that next morning.
But more than just the memories of that day thirty years ago, I’ve also been pondering God’s faithfulness in the intervening years. God has been faithful to us. He’s been faithful to the Boisverts. And He’s been faithful in our friendship—allowing us to serve together in ministry these past three decades. He’s been faithful to our children. We each have married children who are good friends with each other and grandchildren who go to playgroup together.
The Bible regularly exhorts us to remember, to think about, to ponder the faithfulness of God (As in Psalm 103:2—“Forget not all his benefits.”). You may not remember what you were doing thirty years ago today (unless you were in labor too!) but you certainly can recall the events of this past year, month or even week and find many evidences of the goodness of God. There are the blessings of family and friends. But most of all, there is the perfect love of Christ, revealed on the cross 2000 years ago.
P.S. Happy 30th Anniversary Robin and Clara!