Psalm 90 for Mom’s 90th Birthday

Father, Clarice has been at home in Your family for countless generations.
She worships You, Creator of Adirondack peaks,
Summoner of Atlantic sunrises and Shenandoah sunsets.

Clarice knew dust-to-dust loss from early childhood
as You drew her older sister beyond death and time.
Years later, yet seemingly too soon, You welcomed her father.
Many good years later, in Your timeless grace, Clarice bid
fondest farewells–first to her mother, then her younger sister,
and finally her beloved husband of more than 60 years.

Fear of Your frown often brought her down,
but she made every day count–
enduring woes, pursuing Your wisdom.

Your new-morning love always sings in her heart and voice.
In this new decade, may Clarice witness Your ever more wondrous
affirmations of tender, purposeful care for herself
and her children, to the third and fourth generation.

5 thoughts on “Psalm 90 for Mom’s 90th Birthday

  1. Maria stone

    Your smiling face and your love of Christ have always inspired me. I remember meeting you and Bill the first time in your home on Dogwood Circle. It has been such a pleasure to know you.
    Love, Maria


  2. Lois Jernegan

    Happy Birthday Clarice. Your picture is wonderful with the wonderful smile I always remember. Mike, Gregory and I wish you the best.


  3. Clarice, What a wonderful message your son wrote. What a Godly man who has such a Godly Mother and Father. We have a sign in our home that says “This is only a little House, but God knows where we live” On he back it is signed “Bill and Clarice Ribbons”.. We think of you often as we see that sign every day. May God continue to be with you in your years God has left for you. My Mother is 94 and has been in a Nursing Home for 9 months now. I see her every day and know how precious Mother’s are. Love you Clarice and we have never forgotten you or Bill.
    Love, Ed and Sharon Bakker
    175 Prescott Rd.
    Whitinsville, MA 01588


  4. Nancy Harkema

    Happy Birthday. What wonderful messages for you. Have very fond memories of you when you and Bill were at Grace, in Burke.Wishing you the very best in the days to come.
    Nancy and Dave Harkema


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