(roughly to the theme song from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”)
In western Kenya born and raised
At the missionary college, I spent most of my days,
Walks in the forest, Sunday night devos
Right from the start, you guys were my heroes.
You walked hand in hand, no matter the case,
Standing side by side, giving ‘faith’ and ‘love’ a face.
You’re committed to others, but without seeking fame,
Above all else, giving glory to God’s name.
You raised seven quality kids, impacted many more,
You lived what you believed, and moved from shore to shore.
Even through those dark years, when words were hard to find,
The words from Psalms and Romans, would often come to mind.
You gave us what you could, and it was always just enough.
You cared more about people than about flashy stuff.
My guess is there’s more than even what I know,
Regarding who you touched and all the love you showed.
So now here we are, to celebrate the day
You chose to stand together and journey on the way.
You’re not ones for show, for streamers and noise makers,
In fact, you’d have things to say about those ‘movers and shakers.’
But we want to take a minute to say we really care,
About the love you’ve showed us, and about the life you share.
The thing I learned from you is that in the end, you CHOOSE
To live, love and pray together, and on the couch to snooze.
Happy Anniversary, and all the best to you.
I have so much respect for the things you’ve chosen to do
As you’ve followed your life’s convictions, regardless of the cost
The legacy you leave behind you will not easily be lost.
I am one of many, who wouldn’t be the same,
If on Feb. 28, 1976 you hadn’t shared a name.
Here’s to you and all that you have done.
In so many categories that matter, you two have definitely won.