Forty seven years ago today July 18, 1975, I promised to love, honor and cherish a man I had come to respect and admire during a tumultuous time of upheaval for both of us. I won’t lie—our courtship traveled over rocky ground as we got to know each other.
I was impulsive and stubborn and had a preconceived idea of what romance should look like. He was much more down-to- earth. My ideals were lofty, his were matter of fact. Thank goodness one of us had some maturity. I won’t say which one that was, but we both grew and matured as we went.
We’ve weathered a lot of storms in the almost half century we’ve been together. Illnesses of family members seemed to plague us for several years. A disabled child came our way. Our financial status varied from year to year. We were not wealthy, but we were comfortable.
Through it all we clung to our faith. We looked to God for answers when we didn’t have any. We trusted Him to bring us through storms. We shared His love with others whenever we could. We worked to be servants to those around us. God blessed us for that, allowing us to witness family and friends coming to a faith in our Lord.
I find it hard to believe we’ve been together almost a half-century. Where did the time go? But more than that, how much more time will God grant us together? We’re just getting used to each other.
However much time may remain, I’m grateful for what we’ve had. To God be the glory for what He has brought together.
Ephesians 5:31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”