I wrote this early today. Thought I would share it.
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49er’s R us
Today, October 19, 2012, Carol and I are celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary. Well, at our age the word “celebrate” might be an overstatement. “Thankful” would be a more accurate word describing our feelings on this day. But, yes…we will celebrate, too.
Decades ago we could not imagine any married couple spending 49 years together. After all, anniversary years nudging the half century mark were just for old people. However, the years have passed all too quickly. And now…guess what? We are there, and we are old, too.
This morning as I was looking back at many of those years, I came to the realization that Carol married two men on our wedding day. Oh, they both had the same name…they looked exactly alike…and their voices were the same. They both drove the same car, and both had the same job. In every way they appeared to be identical twins, but in one body. Forty nine years ago neither Carol nor I were aware that two men existed.
During the first decade or two the man at the forefront loved his new bride, but was self-centered, unappreciative, and uncaring. Although the first man was a Bible believing Christian, he had even shoved God aside to focus on worldly success.
Then, years later, the second guy showed up and everything changed. He had a different personality…different values…a caring compassion…a different attitude…and a different appreciation for the things that really matter in life. The only way that could have happened was for God to intervene in a huge way.
“He Touched Me”, and led me along the pathway according to His will for my life. For that I will be forever thankful. I know that Carol is thanking Him, too. By the grace of God, He has allowed us to have 49 blessed years together…and we look forward to many more.
Yes…49er’s R us, but the best is yet to be.