Today is post-14 year wedding anniversary. It was epic.
Last night Jeremy had a meeting (plus we celebrated last week). The kids and I stayed here…
We ate Kraft mac and cheese, cleaned the house, played with water balloons, and all things happy anniversary!
Despite the 125 degrees outside and my 150 degree attitude (not kidding), we took a pre-bedtime bike ride.
We stopped to talk to a neighbor. She takes care of her paralyzed husband every day, all day. Never leaves. Can’t. And she tells me he’s getting worse.
I could cry.
Then I blurt it out. Tell her it’s our 14th anniversary. Ask for wisdom. How does she do what she does day in and day out? How does marriage work after 42 years?
And she asks me these 2 questions: 1-Do you love him? Yes, I answer. 2-Aren’t your kids little? Yes, again.
Then it’s simple. This is a season. It will pass. Marriage takes hard work. It takes prayer.
That was it. Timely.
In “The Meaning of Marriage,” Tim Keller writes, “This means we must say to ourselves something like this: ‘Well, when Jesus looked down from the cross, he didn’t think, ‘I am giving myself to you because you are so attractive to me.’ No, he was in agony, and he looked down at us-denying him, abandoning him, betraying him-and in the greatest act of love in history, he stayed. He loved us, not because we were lovely to him, but to make us lovely. That is why I am going to love my spouse’.”
Then that. Wow. Happy anniversary!=)
“And walk in love,as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:2)
We found a waterfall on last week’s anniversary trip!