Ralph and Alice were an interesting and fun couple. In the days when the men left in the morning for work and came home in the evening, expecting a full course meal, they had life down to a science. Ralph would don his bus driver's uniform, place the matching hat on top of his dark, wavy hair, pick up his lunch pail from off the table and kiss his wife good-bye.
“I'll see you around six. Make something good for dinner,” he uttered with a twinkle in his eye....after placing a peck on Alice's rosy cheek.
"Sure, it will be a surprise,” smiling sweetly. “Enjoy your day and eat your fruit. It's good and sweet to the taste. I will talk to you tonight.”
That was fifty-five years ago. Maybe times haven't changed all that much.
Ralph, Jr. is now a conductor on the Metra railroad, similar to his dad. He checks his IPhone for the latest weather and traffic conditions as he prepares to leave the house.
His wife, an accountant, readies herself for the internal audit work taking place all week. She quickly packed a few things for both their lunches, picked up her purse and laptop case, then headed for her car; and he in his SUV.
“I won't be home until after 8:00p. We're finalizing the presentation to the Board today, but text me when you get home. I left food in the storage container. Pray that I get everything done,” as she leaned forward to kiss her husband on the cheek.
“Okay, I will, and see you tonight. Love you."
Different times. Different seasons. But, the same God. The bible says in Hebrews 13:8 that, ”Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday and today and forever.”
Although the roles of husbands and wives may have changed somewhat with the times, the basic substance or foundation of marriage has not.
Ephesians 5: 21- 33 states, "Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."
Ralph, Jr. proceeded home to warm-up the nutritious stir-fry dinner for dinner. He picked up books, papers, plumped the sofa pillows, wiped off the kitchen tables and counters, and helped his son with their son with his 3rd grade reading assignment.
Ralph then settled down, read the newspaper for a bit and turned on the TV. When he heard his wife enter the door, around 8:00p, he jumped up and gave her a warm hug and kiss.
Alice appreciated her husband's love and thoughtfulness, promising to take him out for a dinner and show over the weekend. “I'll get a sitter and we'll have a much-needed date." She was excited at the thought.
Life, just like the fruit we eat, can be sweet to the taste, when we feast on God's word, allowing Jesus to be the center of our lives.
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