The Wedding Gift
By Phillip Hix Woody
I know they aren’t diamonds – these boots
But if you’ll give them a chance
I think they’ll make a fine pair of roots
for your feet.
You see, I thought it would be romantic
To walk in the woods with you
To get away from the frantic routine
and be alone.
I wanted your feet to be protected
And if I had suspected you’d be upset
I’d have bought you a diamond instead.
Someday we’ll hike to the end of a trail
where we’ll find hidden treasure.
And these boots will take us there.
When Phil gave me hiking boots as a wedding present, I must be honest and say that I was a bit disappointed. Yet, I know that I have enjoyed hiking with Phil in many places that I never would have dreamed of visiting. The interesting fact is that I remember being disappointed by the hiking boots, but I can’t think now of one gift I would rather have received.
We hike together often with children and grandchildren. The above photo was taken this past Friday on the top of Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It continues to be a favorite hiking place for us.
There is a lesson in this for me – 41 years later. I should receive gifts as tokens of the relationship I have with the giver. It really is NOT about the gift – it is about the one who gives. Phil gave me the hiking boots because he wanted us to hike together. His motive was to share together something he loved doing. What a meaningful expression of love – one that blesses me as I read his poem.
So, on this our anniversary, I will share a Scripture that I have prayed concerning Phil many times.
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
I am so thankful for these 41 years!
May we have many more years of hiking together!