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Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)
TITLE: A Thriving Marriage
By karen stapleton
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I landed a job at the Taco Amigo Restaurant the summer I graduated from high school, and it was there I met the man of my dreams. It wasn’t love at first sight, but we definitely noticed one another right from the beginning. We were a busy pair that summer. We made refried beans, fried hamburger for tacos, and smooched in the freezer.
He was tall and thin; dark hair and piercing blue eyes. His personality was the opposite of mine. I was a cautious perfectionist, one always eager to please. He was edgy, spontaneous and didn’t care what others thought. He drove a fast light green Plymouth or maybe I should say he drove a light green Plymouth fast. He liked to drink beer, and bragged about his fighting skills. I never saw him fight, but he assured me that it could happen if he was provoked. On our first date, we parked in the car wash across the street from work, ate pizza, and talked for hours. It wasn’t long before I was completely smitten, and he wanted to get married. Looking back I wonder what we were thinking. Marriage is a serious matter and I don’t recall praying about this step in my life, but then again I didn’t pray about anything back then. Instead, afraid of losing him, I decided this was the person I wanted to grow old with. It didn’t matter that we were both just 19 years old or that we had no college education and no real way to make a living. Instead I naively thought, we had each other, and that’s all that really mattered. Together we would survive anything.
Forty three years later, I’m no longer naïve. I know life has a way of surprising. Over the years, we ploughed through the pain of alcoholism, chronic illness, and deaths due to accident, and at the same time, we gleaned a harvest of joy raising two children and enjoying eight grandchildren. Through trial and error we learned that a happy marriage takes commitment, hard work, and God’s blessing. We have grown old and we are still together. Now I know that two people can survive in a marriage, but when God is part of the equation it is possible not only to survive but to thrive because a cord of three is not easily broken.
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