A Poem for My Wife’s 49th Birthday

It’s my wife’s 49th birthday today!

I seldom write poems. But I have one for her today. A most loving wife and mother I’ve ever known whom the Lord made strong in the broken places.

My wife and I will just have a private celebration of her birthday today due to Covid ... 

But ... I have a special greeting and testimony for her through my poem!

“A long time ago, I was a lonely man. 
A very broken man.
Walks were filled with tears flowing from my eyes.
People avoided me like a phantom.
I became invisible.
I thought I’d die of pain.
Wondering if I’ll ever love again.
And crying before God why He allowed things so sadly ...
Till you came along unexpectedly, 
A rare bright rose by a rocky wayside. 
You gently touched my face,
Wiped away the tears.
Still I only pushed you away with my fears.
Please go, go, go!
Why would you not let me go?
Feelings cannot be replaced by anything material,
Or just fleeting pleasures.
Despite our many blemishes,
What amazing grace the Lord grants us!
Not everything you lose is a loss.
His beautiful beginnings 
Disguised as painful endings.
As we learn from our mistakes
As we ask Him to remove our shortcomings,
He heals our wounds.
Our life’s past chapters over,
Our lives and selves get better.
His love endures forever.
Honey, we’re getting older.
Over time our faces and bodies alter.
Like mists, we’re here only for awhile,
And just passing by.
Some day the Lord will take us home.
For me, I’m ready to go, anytime,
Abounding with joy and peace.
Knowing you have truly loved me 
As I am, as the Lord has loved me ..
His love, your love, heals me!
From invisible to heartily visible, 
A wounded healer who’s touching many today.
It’s my best testimony about you, honey,
And your love, on this special day.
Heaven shouts my praise!
The winds and rains sing my dearest melodies!
Wishing you the best of health, happiness, and heavenly blessings!
I love you, my love, and happy birthday this memorable year of 2020!”

“ ... God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
— Romans 5:5