Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Last night my husband and I attended a "Jazzing up your Marriage" dinner/dance hosted by our church. Our pastor and his wife spoke, a delicious meal and music and great fellowship provided for a wonderful evening. The evening closed with an opportunity to renew our marriage vows. What a beautiful sound it was to hear 80 men and then 80 women repeat vows. One couple first said their vows 6 months ago and they won the prize for the couple married the least amount of time. On the other end of the spectrum, a couple won the prize for 45 years of marriage. Randy and I have been married 41 years. We spoke our vows in 1969, then at a ceremony on Feb. 17, 1980, we spoke them again with a group of couples from our church. So, last night was our third time to each other.

Earlier we talked about the special ingredient to our marriage. We each came up with the same answer: commitment. Lists of qualities, though certainly what attracted us to each other, are conditional--they may be present one day and gone the next. (I don't even like myself every day!) Lasting relationship boil down to commitment in good seasons and not so good ones, in prosperity and financial struggle, in sickness and in health,...yes til death do us part.

Read 1 Corinthians 13 today. It's often called the "Love Chapter". It applies to marriages but to all relationships.

Happy Valentine’s Day,