Here is a thing of beauty and wonder–after thirty-eight years we are not only still married but happily so and looking forward to continuing doing life together. While we have worked at our marriage over the years, fighting the wars within and the wars with out (as anyone whose been married for even a short time knows) we completely acknowledge and give thanks to the God of love, who brought us together all those years ago and continues to give us the grace to love and forgive each other each day.
Starry-eyed on our wedding day, making promises to one another to love and seek the other’s good before our own, we had little idea of what that would really mean in the big decisions of life and the day-to-day ordinariness that builds character and shapes who we become. Today we look back rejoicing in having traveled life’s path thus far together. While it has not always been easy or pretty (as our kids will attest to) we know a greater, deeper, truer love for each other than we could have even imagined on that day. So we rejoice and look ahead to continuing to grow together through the rest of our lives.
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith “A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”
(From Robert Browning’s poem Rabbi Ben Ezra)