Sunday, April 6, 2008


I've taken a two-week hiatus from the blogging world. The first week I believe I was recuperating from all the Zimbabwe posts. It takes a lot more time when pictures are added. Last week I took off to prepare for Kenny and Jamie's wedding.

If you've done the wedding thing with your children, I think you will agree with me that it's impossible to put into accurate words the emotions parents go through. I admit that for much of last week my emotions got the best of me. I'd think of the wedding and the tears would flow. I'd be cleaning up Kenny's room and the tears would flow. Get this--Anita, Tyler and I on Thursday night went to the Waffle House for supper. Earlier in the week she told me that she was having a "moment". As we sat in the fancy dining booth, I said to her, "I've had a bunch of moments today." She probed me for 1.5 seconds, and right there in the Waffle House, the tears started coming again. If I'm not careful, this blog might send me into another moment.

Why all the emotions? It's hard to put into words. But I think it is a combination of a bunch of things--my oldest child getting married, the tough journey Kenny went through to be where he is today and a church family that stood beside us and him during the dark days, empty nesting, knowing that Tyler's best buddy is moving out, knowing that God answered the prayers we began praying 27 years ago--mix all those factors together and out comes a bundle of emotions.

But do you know one of the primary causes of the emotions parents experience when their children get married is the realization that the time clock keeps ticking. It forces you to ask yourself, "Where did the time go?" Wasn't it only yesterday we were making the 90 minute drive from Melissa, Texas, to Fort Worth to have our first child? Wasn't only yesterday our pre-schooler was stomping around in his genuine Texas cowboy boots? Wasn't it only yesterday we were moving back to SC to become pastor of Chapin Baptist Church?

It's events like weddings that remind us what Psalm 91 says: "Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be and that my life is fleeing away." But it's also events like these that prompts you to search your soul to discover what the most important values in life are.

In spite of last week being a very emotional one, my heart flows with deep joy and gratitude. Anita and I have received a beautiful daughter-in-law, someone who's in love with Jesus, and someone who will make Kenny a wonderful life mate. We're getting ready to add another daughter-in-law next month. We're still praying for Tyler's mate-to-be. And on top of these blessings, I get to spend the rest of my life with the beautiful mate God provided me with almost 32 years ago.

If you don't understand the emotions, evidently you haven't stood beside your son at the altar or walked your daughter down the aisle. Your time will come. When it does, give me a call and let me know if I'm off my rocker or not.

By the way, here are the two who have made our hearts swell. They're on a Western Caribbean cruise. I know they're having the time of their life.

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