Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Well, it happened again. Vicki and I celebrated another year together. This was our 41st anniversary. And it seems just like others it was marked by another memorable moment. Let me explain.

This year it was a little different. We had Men’s breakfast at the church then I went home to weed eat and mow the lawn. Then we loaded up and headed for Amarillo. Vicki and I had our ‘anniversary meal’ and shared some time shopping. I then had the pleasure of doing a wedding ceremony for a young couple in Amarillo.

Last year on our 40th celebration there was a down burst that took the brick off of the west side of the church. We had just finished up at the Activity Center and gone home when I got the call. It was a wild time, but was taken care of and made our anniversary in 2018 a memorable one.

Then you back up a few years to 2005 and we were able to spend time in Maui with three of the girls leading up to our anniversary. We stayed in Kaanapali and had a great time. It was just a great memory for us to share around our anniversary.

Then move back to 2002 and the memory is there, but tougher. During the day I did a service for a woman who passed away. Then that night following a singing at the church, Chasity walked in and hugged my neck and said, “Grandma is gone.” My Grandma Nachtigall had passed away. Grandma was 101 so in our sadness we celebrated her life.

I won’t go any further back, but it seems that our anniversary has been marked by some very memorable events down through the years from church camps to trips and simply celebrating the day. Admittedly some have been very tough to think about while others have brought a smile to our faces. Yet, by the grace of God, we are still making those memories together.

When I first met Vicki she was working at Smrcka’s in Medford. They are still in business and make some really good food. But Vicki waited on me and we began to talk. Then her Dad was called as pastor to the FBC in Wakita. Vicki played the piano and I led the singing. She even played for me when I led music for some revival services.

It just seemed like God had brought us together and intended for us to be together. I even took her to OBU with me when I went to check the school out. On the way home I told her I wanted to go but she had to go with me. It was my way of proposing to her! Fortunately she said yes and we have been walking down the road of life together since that time.

Yes, from the moments together early on to the time we have now, God has made a way for us. There have been some tough times, but through it all we have remained a couple trusting God to lead us and take us where He desires us to be.

Paul said in 1 Cor. 7:3 says -- 3 The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. This was Paul’s way of saying that they needed to walk together through the marriage for it to be what it should be.

I know there have been a few times when Vicki scratched her head and wondered why she ever said yes! Yet through the years God has taken us along this road called life and blessed us. Our anniversary celebrations have been filled with some sad as well as joyful times. Yet through it all God has kept us together.

Song of Solomon 4:10 – 10 “How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, And the fragrance of your oils Than all kinds of spices! I am so thankful that God brought Vicki into my life and that we have had all these wonderful years together.

Happy Anniversary Vicki! I love you!

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul