We recently received an update e-mail from Sue Poyner, the daughter-in-law of Randy and Betty Poyner. Randy is a longtime pastor and professional counselor in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. They are now living in Florida, and Betty has recently been battling a recurrence of cancer. Here are excerpts from the update:
We’ve returned from Florida, and I wanted to give you a quick recap of the weekend. Mom was able to come home under hospice care on Sunday morning. We were thrilled that we would be able to have their 50th [wedding] anniversary celebration at home instead of in a hospital room.
At 2:00 p.m., with all our immediate families present, as well as Mom’s sister, Janie Russell, and seven other friends, they exchanged vows, and we had time to reflect together on the sweetness of their relationship and the great gift of faithfulness these 50 years represent.
Susan and Christy had planned a lot of wonderful touches: a beautiful cake, 50 roses, and a wonderful buffet of finger foods, etc. for afterwards. Their granddaughter, Harmony, had put together a slide show with music that was very fun to watch.
I felt like God gave Mom a good hour to not only have the energy to be fully present, but to really enjoy herself and Dad. Cards and flowers from many folks are spread throughout their home. It’s so very right to mark such a milestone – I was thrilled for all our children to witness it. The “staying” of love so reflects the heart of God.
We are very grateful for your prayers on their behalf – I feel as though we are all walking Mom home. Thank you for your hand in hers through prayer.