By: Mandy Hill
One of the greatest examples of love and devotion in a marriage can be found a little up the branches of my very own family tree. July 1, symbolizes the wedding anniversary of my paternal grandparents; and this year would have marked their 64th.
Bill & Bertha, as they were known by their peers, lived a true testament to the verse found in Mark 10:9. No one, and no thing could separate their union, or their love for one another. They stood strong through many tests, including the death of one of their children, and a 4 year battle with the debilitating illness called ALS that my grandfather endured.
I believe their example of a Godly marriage spoke the most audibly to me during my grandfathers fight for his life. My grandmother threw herself wholeheartedly into his care and saw him comfortably to his last moments on this earth. Not for one minute did anything else matter to her more than he did; she lived her every moment to serve him well in his last days.
I can remember how romantic they always were with each other, and was often struck by the strength in their commitment. Their commitment was not just in each other; but also in The Lord. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12
Another thing I always took note of was the fact that they never disagreed in front of people, if the argued, they’d do it when alone. “Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”- Ephesians 4:2-3
Finally, as I reflect back on my grandparents, on this the day of their anniversary, I am reminded to love my husband deeply and for as long as we both live, because that is exactly the example that they left behind. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”1 Peter 4:8
Can you think of a relative or friend that left a rich example of marriage behind? Perhaps you know a couple that lives this way right now?! Which part of their extraordinary marriage can you apply to your marriage today?
Father God, thank You not only for the blessing of marriage in my own life, but also for the rich examples of a Godly marriage that You have placed around me. I pray, Jesus, that You would continue to anoint my marriage with love and grace. I pray also that You would bless and lift up the marriages of my sisters! Bless You, Lord, amen.