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My niece Meagan and her husband Spencer

What a joy-filled day it was on June 20 when two wonderful people joined their lives in marriage. And now they are off white water rafting on their honeymoon.

I shed a few tears when I thought back to the day Charles and I were married and Meagan was a little tot of three years old at the time. How fast the days and years pass. But when we make the most of them we have no (or at least fewer) regrets.

Today in my morning readings I noted the following: “Oftentimes two people working together find easy that which seems insurmountable to one alone.”

And how about this sage comment? “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.”

These quotes can apply to marriage, for sure, but they can also apply to any relationship where there is love and understanding and a willingness to pull together. I’m thinking about that today as I consider my life now without my partner and husband, Charles. I can try to ‘go it alone’ or I can reach out to friends and neighbors and family, asking for help and support when something feels insurmountable.

Most important, however, is knowing through experience the truth of this verse from Scripture. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8.

This is a ‘word’ for each one of us no matter our circumstance. What a blessing and what a relief to know the God of the universe is for us and that he is the supreme forgiver!

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Love and Marriage — 10 Comments

  1. YES ! God is always with us and loves us, comforts us and gives us peace~sometimes we are slow in accepting it because our hearts are broken. How fortunate we are who know HE is always with us. I have learned that feeling this love of God and His comfort does not always take away the tears and grief but it does give us the peace that we cannot understand.You and I have been blessed with a happy marriage and I am so grateful for all the wonderful memories that make me smile!
    Thank you for more good thoughts!! Marriage does take two ‘good forgivers’ AND the ability to ‘forget’ the unpleasant things that happen.
    Love to you! Margaret

    P.S. My four week X-ray showed the bones are healing and I am doing fine! Just a couple more weeks with the “boot” ! God is good !!!

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