I just got the news that my great uncle Paul passed away this week. Now Grandpa is the only one left of the 10 siblings. It's hard to believe that nearly that whole generation has passed.Here are my Van Dyken Great Grandparents on their 45th anniversary. As I look at their eyes in this picture it just does seem hard to believe that they and 9 of their 10 kids have passed on to glory (though nearly all made it into their 90's, and Great Grandpa made it to 100).Here are Great Grandma and Great Grandpa just starting out with the first 4 of their ten kids: Anne, Dinah, Bert and Sadie. My grandpa was the next baby to come along.Here is the whole family - not sure of the year - in the 1950's maybe? Time like an ever rolling stream bears all her sons away --
Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
-- very true, very true.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn men back to dust,
saying, "Return to dust, O sons of men."
For a thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
You sweep men away in the sleep of death;
they are like the new grass of the morning-
though in the morning it springs up new,
by evening it is dry and withered.
The length of our days is seventy years—
or eighty, if we have the strength;
yet their span is but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Relent, O LORD! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.