32 years ago this afternoon, Carol and I stood before “God and these assembled witnesses” and pledged our love and commitment to one another. On that day, we moved from “single” to “married.” Since that day, we have transitioned to “family” and on to “empty nest” as our children have grown.
When we started our journey, it was our hope that we would be married longer than our parents. On the surface, that statement makes it sound like our parents’ marriages did not end well. On the contrary, we were blessed with parents who had strong marriages that endured and we wanted to follow in their footsteps. When cancer claimed my father’s life in 1983, my parents had been married 44 years. Carol’s parents have been married 50+ years and are still going strong. This weekend, Carol and her siblings will gather together to celebrate their mother’s 80th birthday.
Carol and I were fortunate to have godly parents who modeled love, commitment, faithfulness, service, and sacrifice to each other and to their children. Now we have the privilege, burden, and responsibility of modeling those same values to our children.
I am grateful to God for bringing Carol into my life. Outside of salvation, she is God’s best gift to me. Happy anniversary to my wife, partner, lover, and best friend! May God grant us many more years of serving him together.