Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Tribute to my Parents 40 Years of Marriage

I have always been proud of my parents. They are the picture of hard work, generosity, and devotion. This weekend we are celebrating their 40 years of marriage and I am grateful. I am grateful because it has become rare for people to remain so devoted for 4 decades. In an age that is characterized by flippant commitments and broken vows, it's no small thing to stay true (by God's grace) to your spouse for a life time. Their example gives me strength to remain devoted to my marriage.

I won't embarrass them by telling you how much they have grown spiritually in the last 5-7 years, it has been astounding and inspiring. Their moving to Kansas three years ago has been one of the greatest things ever to happen to my family.

One interesting note about my Dad. He married my mother when he was 38, the same age I am now. Looking at his pictures from the wedding (1969) is surreal, since I'm a chip off the old block and all.


Roger Mann said...

And I'm sure they're proud of you as well! Praise God for 40 years of marriage, and such a fine family!!!

Brother Titus said...

Wow! Good job on the tribute to your parents' 40 years together in the bond of marriage. It's awesome that they're now both believers.

The marriage ceremony and the lifestyle is such a holy and righteous union of two eternal souls - that, together, in their love for Jesus Christ and for each other, they might raise godly children. So, it's amazing that God even allows unbelievers to get married. But, having said that, both, believers and unbelievers, alike, can become so callous and flip about the commitment and the responsibility of marriage, it's appalling.

Thanks for sharing all those family pictures. There were some interesting ones. I thought the one of your dad with the hard hat on really looks like the pictures of you I've seen, with a hard hat on. Plus, I can't get over the wedding picture of you and your wife and your mom, together. Your mom looks only as old as you and your wife in that picture! Good light, or good genes? I'm not sure. The last picture I'll comment on is probably of the brick house you grew up in. It looks like your lifestyle wasn't too bad growing up, praise the Lord!

This brings up another point. So, it must have been really weird to go to the city you grew-up in for your reunion, but not be able to go home to your parents' house (and walk through the door), because they now live half-way across the country, right near where you now live.

I enjoy looking at old family pictures (of anyone's family). So, I'm going to really enjoy looking at your slide tribute to your parents' lasting marriage multiple times.

Qayaq said...

Maybe you should celebrate by letting them experience some of the joy of flyover country by taking them to the races this weekend.

Rick Calohan said...

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Tony & Ginger Felich on your 40th Wedding Anniversary!

Matthew 19: 4 He (Jesus) answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Malcolm said...

It has been wonderful to have T and Ginger at Redeemer. Oh, and by the way, did I see a brief memory of your childhood that included an adorable dog? All kidding aside, the providential events in our church are pretty astounding. Two young men who were best friends growing up in New York are our pastors, and now both of their families live here as well. Wow, there are so many stories at Redeemer.

Woody Woodward said...

What a joy beyond words to call your wonderful father and mother, friends! Cheri and I are so blessed to be in their Home Fellowship group, and sit at their feet and glean from their wisdom gives us great strength and determination. My father is gone, and hate to say it but I was just never really close to him. He was a good man, but one who was hard to approach. I see Tony as just the opposite, a strong father, a wonderful role model, one who loves to laugh, embrace his family and every ounce of life is enjoyed. May the Lord Bless your mom and dad in great and mighty ways. Tony, may you be here many springs to plant, care for, and watch your tomatoes blossom. The video was awesome and Amazing Grace inspired every picture!

meli said...

What a tear jerker! I wasn't always sure who I was looking at. Tony?, Tony Sr.?, Nico? What a cute family. I love all of youz.