Isaiah 61:3 shows the Lord's pattern for exchanging
"beauty for ashes."
It is a theme of comfort, hope and healing.
It's a message to encourage and strengthen
those who are having difficult times.
I find the gift my Dad chose for my Mom,
in honor of their 50th Wedding Anniversary,
was poignantly symbolic.
He had 50 years to think about it, he had to score.
Dad is explaining the story behind the jewelry...
...Mom is surprised, because they previously had agreed,
Good move, Dad.
After 50 years you know,
women always want presents.
The beauty of the gemstones, Emerald Obsidianite,
is that they are formed from the volcanic ash spewed
from the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.
I was living in nothern ND at the time,
my husband on the east side of MN,
and we both remember having ash settle on our cars.
It was a disaster that touched the entire US in some way.
A logging company had expensive equipment buried under the ash,
and decided to use acetylene torches to recover it.
The ash melted and turned a stunning green.
A synthetic gemstone,
a new industry and a trademark for WA was born.
Beauty for ashes.
As you can tell from my previous blogs,
I have been enthralled with my parents' milestone.
For 50 years, they have taken any ashes in the marriage,
and turned it to beauty.
Little disagreements became unity.
Misunderstandings became improved communication.
Problems were resolved,
They continued to choose
The best gift given
in honor of the Golden Anniversary,
wasn't the beautiful jewelry.
It was the gift they gave their children,
grandchildren, and great-granchildren,
a 50 year legacy,
of exchanging beauty for ashes.