Reflecting on God’s goodness as we celebrate forty-nine years

This family portrait reflects my gratitude to God on our 49th anniversary

Today, August 31, 2022, I reflect with the deepest gratitude to God for an event taking place 49 years ago. Brenda Joyce Warren and Lonnell Edward Johnson exchanged wedding vows, and that occasion always brings to mind the Providence of God that brought us together in Washington, DC. So often when I wax reflective, I also wax poetic and recall these poetic lines to describe our coming together:

We each prayed and God answered, as I remember.

Before I knew you, I reached toward you in my heart,                                 

Where I had prepared, set aside a special place.

Until we met, I had been patiently waiting.

Our lives were entwined, and we were forever changed,

As we vowed to walk in God’s love from that moment.

We have returned to live in the Washington, DC-Northern Virginia-Maryland area to be near our daughter, Melissa, her husband, William, and our first grandson, Kingston. Our younger daughter, Angela, and her husband, Shajuan are a couple of hours away in Wilmington, DE. We are blessed to be near our family as we embark upon the next phase of our journey. Indeed, we are thrilled beyond words to see what the Lord has awaits us.

All I know is that “The Best is Yet to Come,” so sings Mack Brock, featuring Pat Barrett:

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5 Responses to “Reflecting on God’s goodness as we celebrate forty-nine years”

  1. John Davell Says:

    We share the same wedding anniversary. Ours is 54! Congratulations to you both!

    Sent from my iPhone

    John Davell 1022 Pike Forest Dr. Lawrenceville, GA. 30045 770-842-0307


  2. Meg Longley Says:

    Happy Anniversary! What a blessed and beautiful family! Love to all! ♥️

  3. Brenda Joyce Johnson Says:

    Yes, 49 and counting. Thanking the Lord He brought us this far.
    Love and d blessings.

  4. Brenda Joyce Johnson Says:

    Thankful for all He has done. We are enriched by Him.
    In His Love,

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