August 18 Kathy and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary. How could that be? I don’t feel that old. I remember our wedding in 1972 when we said our vows to each other that we wrote with verses from the Bible. We were married at Wheaton Bible Church by Pastor Chris Lyons and my mom sang at our wedding. We had everyone sing the wonderful old hymn “To God Be the Glory.” Isn’t that what life is all about? We want our lives centered on Christ, God’s holy word and everything we do and say to bring glory to God.
When we visit Latvia I was often asked to speak to young people about how do you stay married. We made a covenant before God and many witnesses to do just that. Marriage is a covenant and not a contract. It’s a commitment made before a holy God knowing that without God’s help we can’t do it. God calls us to love each other with an agape love that is not based on feelings. It is a choice we make to love no matter what. It is always expressed by actions. I ask myself, how can I serve my wife? It’s not 50/50 but giving yourself 100%. If you want to stay married you practice forgiveness and I know that Kathy has had to forgive me a lot. I don’t know what I would do with-out my precious wife. It’s not easy being a pastor and she often has encouraged me when I was down. “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies (Proverbs 31:10.”