THANKFUL THURSDAY…thinking about my upcoming anniversary and about beautiful marriages, I always go back to my parents! When my dad passed away, my folks had been married thirty-six years. Like most of us, those years included many wonderful days but there was also more than their share of real trials and difficult days, deep disappointments, sorrows and gut-wrenching heartache; however, Mom and Dad travelled life’s roads together – partners in a very real way.
My mom was very young when they got married – yes, that beauty there is my mom four months before she turned sixteen..and the age when my granddaddy said he would allow her to marry. (Their wedding day was four days after her 16th birthday.) Mom had a very difficult childhood and had her share of – shall I say – “baggage.” My dad loved her in spite of all that…..and she loved him return.
They were committed to one another – and it is that real picture of faithfulness and commitment for which I am thankful today on this Thankful Thursday!
It often seems that our society today is almost commitment-phobic….to anything! Nothing is to last forever and when things are difficult – whether it is a job, a mortgage, a friendship, a promise or a hundred other things – often the easiest answer is to walk away and “cut your losses.” But God expects something different – something more – from His children. I want to be faithful…..to my commitments, to my family and friends, and to my marriage. And, I’m so glad to have an example of that in the marriage of my mom and dad.