50th Anniversary Dinner Prayer
Can you imagine reaching the remarkable milestone of your 50th wedding anniversary? Ruth and I are just babies, having only reached our 30th. But I know some people at the celebrating end are scrounging for a 50thanniversary dinner prayer that they can deliver, cut and dried.
Now whatever your belief, those who value such things will be relieved if they don’t have to think too much about what to say. We like things to be complete and served perfectly, don’t we? But on this occasion, the privilege of delivering a 50th anniversary dinner prayer deserves something transcendent: our personal involvement.
So rather than tell you verbatim what to pray (which seems so wrong to me), I’m going to help by making some suggestions. After all, it’s not the words we say at important occasions, so much as the sentiments behind them. Nobody remembers clever prayers or fancy speeches. But they do remember the emotion you genuinely convey. So be real, even if you risk getting choked up. Really, it’s okay.
Personally, I believe prayer should be respectful and honoring. After all, you’re expressing your thoughts aloud to your Creator (though I reckon He pretty much knows what your thinking). If you speak from the heart, as if you are talking about two young lovers, you can’t go too far wrong. After all, who are the 50th anniversary couple but two young lovers with years on them?
Talk of love, tenderness, character, and loyalty, Because they’re likely to be the things people are thinking about when they think of the 50th anniversary dinner prayer couple. Except, of course, if the “thinkers” are kids. Children will only ponder about how incredibly old and wrinkly these folk are, whether they nice to cuddle, and test “how good is the food”(come to think of it, some of the adults will also be thinking these same things). Then, more than anything else, declare thanks. What else could be more fitting than to celebrate enduring love with gratitude and a declaration of respect?
Are these words enough to help you through? Probably, though I expect you’ll be wanting more. Like a written speech you can fiddle around with to make it sound like it’s yours. But I’d suggest not doing that. Be genuine, with all your faults and strengths to the fore. Like I said before, it’s the honesty of your emotions that say it all, and God already knows what you mean.
There, that’s it. The 50th anniversary dinner prayer should be simple, spontaneous, and full of loving gratitude. Whatever else you do, please don’t settle for anything else.