Together Soon – The Amazing Story of an On-time Picture

Grandpa's navy class

In memory of what would have been my grandparents 70th wedding anniversary, I want to share this story with you. Perhaps you read it on Yahoo’s front page last year. It was this story that won a Content of the Year Award. I’m honored that I was able to tell it.

Wilbert Glenn Adriance, my grandpa, died on May 26, 2010, at the age of 91. Battling her own failing health, Grandma (Bonnie), his wife of almost 69 years, struggled with the grief of their separation. She wondered why she was still here on Earth. Her mind and body were painfully giving out. Some days she didn’t recognize her daughter (my mom) or anyone else. But then something very strange happened

This is blog about the Bible, so I shouldn’t stray far from that purpose. However, this one is a personal tribute to my grandparents who demonstrated a lifelong love for each other. In many ways they inspire me to strive for a great, lifetime marriage that honors God. Let me just add this Scripture as a postscript to the story:  “Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.” I Corinthians 13:8-10 ESV

Happy anniversary, Gma and Gpa. I miss you both!



9 thoughts on “Together Soon – The Amazing Story of an On-time Picture

  1. Patrice says:

    This amazing story always encourage me. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  2. linneann says:

    Oh Sean, that was a real tear-jerker. God is so good. Thank you for reposting.

  3. Hello Sean, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on “Religious Freedom on Both Sides of the 49th Parallel.” Our neighbouring countries seem to be in a race to try and beat each other down that slippery slope. Thanks for your kind words about my family. It is a big job, all by the grace of God. I remember reading this story about your grandparents. Lovely and hopeful. A testament to true, undying vow of matrimony.

  4. Lisa Mason says:

    Yes! I definitely remember this story. Happy anniversary to your grandparents. It gives me continued hope and happiness in my own marriage.

    • Sean Durity says:

      If it can do that for you and for other marriages, then that is reward enough. They would have never understood that kind of impact. It makes me think seriously about what my impact could be, even if it seems unfathomable to me today.

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