Dear Friends,

Yesterday in worship we celebrated Earl and Larie Ratcliff’s 75th wedding anniversary.  Sunday was the actual day.  They were married on October 12, 1939. They are two of the nicest people you will ever meet.  If you know them, they are among your very favorite people.  I can guarantee that.  I certainly feel blessed to count them among my friends.

A few years ago I preached a sermon on marriage.  Earl and Larie agreed to be interviewed as part of that worship service.  The common sense wisdom these two imparted was priceless.  And the humor!  I’m sure laughter is part of what has kept them going all these years — their marriage and their health.  It’s been said that those who can laugh at themselves will never cease to be amused!

So here’s a little something to laugh at as you start this new week.  This is courtesy of Jerry Cornilles.  (The other one he sent me, I cannot share.)

There was a discussion about the fine line of distinction between the two words, COMPLETE and FINISHED.  These words are practically synonyms, so how are they to be distinguished?  In this discussion group, each person offered some thoughts on the matter.  One remained silent.  Finally the silent one spoke up:

When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE.  When you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED.  And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!!

Earl married the right woman.  Larie married the right man.  They make each other complete.   They inspire us all.  And after 75 years, they are far from finished!  We extend to them our heartfelt congratulations, best wishes, and appreciation.

In Christ,