On Your Birthday, Husband
On your birthday I would tell
How I love you—all the ways
You make my heart with gladness swell
And grace the story of my days.
You’re strong and gentle, comforting,
Like a sturdy, shady tree
Rooted by a fresh, cool spring—
A safe retreat for E and me.
You have a way with humor such
That puts at ease and draws a smile—
A healthy dose and with a touch
Of the absurd once in awhile.
Romantic in your thoughtful speech
And rustic looks and tender hands,
You’ve patient ways of making each
Day special despite life’s demands.
Your striving faith and living hope
Bear testimony to your life
In Christ, and oh, vast is the scope
Of blessing in this for your wife.
So happy birthday my dear friend,
May twenty-six hold varied grace
For deeper joy; may you ascend
The holy hill and seek His face.