Summary: 50th wedding celebration devotional message and vow renewal.
Dick and Pat
50th Anniversary Vow Renewal
Shiloh Bible Church
WELCOME TO GUESTS
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Welcome to the 50th anniversary celebration for Dick and Pat. The golden anniversary is one of the most celebrated wedding anniversaries. And rightly so! Investing half a century in a loving relationship with one person is a wonderful statement about the gift of married life.
On behalf of Dick and Pat’s family, I want to thank you for joining them on this momentous occasion. We will begin by hearing a solo from Kaitlyn, Dick & Pat’s granddaughter, followed by a reading from Daniel and Sandra, Dick and Pat’s son and daughter-in-law.
50 years. Much transpires in half a century—particularly for a husband and wife who have built a life together.
The first stage of a marriage is …
1. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HOME
That is found in Psalm 127:1-2: “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. 2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.”
Dick and Pat established their home on this very day 50 years ago—March 7, 1959. Consider some of these statistics: In 1959 …
• United States population: 177 million—half of what it is today
• World population: 3 billion—half of what it is today
• Dwight D. Eisenhower was President and Richard M. Nixon was Vice President
• Alaska became the 49th state & Hawaii became the 50th state
• Average cost of new house: $12,400
• Average yearly wages: $5,010
• Cost of a gallon of gas: 25 cents
• Average cost of a new car: $2,200
• Movie ticket: $1
• Loaf of bread: 20 cents
• Cost of a first-class postage stamp: 4 cents
• At the annual Toy Fair in New York City, Ruth Handler introduces “Barbie,” a new doll named for her daughter Barbara
I think you would agree with me that much has changed since 1959 when Dick and Pat established their home!
After the establishment of the home comes the second stage of marriage:
2. THE EXPANSION OF THE HOME
I find this in Psalm 127:3-5: “Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.”
In these verses we find the home expanding—children are being added. And Dick and Pat saw their home expand with the birth of a daughter, Kerry, and a son, Daniel.
I especially like what verse 3 says about children: they are a reward from God. They are not a problem to be avoided or a nuisance to be tolerated or an economic drain to be endured. They are a reward from God. And that’s how Dick and Pat viewed their children—as a reward from God. Now, I dare say there were times when they wanted to return the reward! But all in all, I’m sure they viewed both Kerry and Dan as God’s gift—His reward.