Looking back on 37 years of happiness provides the advantage of some perspective. It’s not that our lives have been without some so-called “bad” moments, it’s simply that the “bad” moments have turned out to be part of what has made the good ones so good. The stresses of being young, broke, sick, tired, and sinful (in a number of ways), made the path forward seem difficult and even uncertain at times. But covering all of that has been the grace of God, the love of Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit; shaping and forming us and our marriage to increasingly reflect the Grand Marriage of Christ and His Church. The momentary difficulties of our lives have been exceeded by the far more weighty glory and happiness of walking together and seeing how He was as work in us. Without faith in the word of God, life is a mystery; it’s really meaningless and fleeting. However, as we go forward, and learn to stand on the promises of God, we see more and more how every part of our lives, even the difficult ones, are worked together for our good in Christ. In eternity our perspective will be even clearer.
On August 9th, 1974, Marinell and I made covenant vows to one another and to God in the presence of many witnesses: “to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, honor and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.” Thank you, Marinell, for making this so easy and pleasant.
Today, my bride, the mother of my three children, is ministering (as she always does) to our newest grandchild (number 11), in California. And while we are, for the moment, separated by geography, yet we’re never separated in spirit. I look forward to your safe return and the continuation of our delightful journey.
With all my love, Happy Anniversary!