Anniversary Reflection

Readings: Psalm 146: 5-10; 2 Peter 3:11-18; Luke 3:1-18

Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.

Psalm 146:5

Here I am forty-five years ago at 11:00am, waiting in the narthex of Christ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, for the organist to begin playing the prelude. It was “Edelweiss”- a surprise request by Carl, because we had danced a waltz to this lovely song once before. It brought a smile to my face, as there was so much joy to behold that morning. 

Forty-five years of marriage is quite an accomplishment I have heard from others. “Wow!! 45 years” they say. With the number of divorces these days, I guess 45 years is a major milestone, yet not without the challenges over the years. Through my eyes, I have been truly blessed. Carl and I have been blessed with three amazing children and two beautiful grandchildren. 

How can I let God know how thankful I am to be blessed with these wonderful gifts?

Each and every day possible I wish to show my gratitude in prayer and in my daily actions, especially with the young children I may meet, somehow letting them know how much they are loved. 

Offered by Robin Nielsen, child of God.

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I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

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