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Topic: Anniversary (04/11/05)
TITLE: The Sad Saga Of A First Year Anniversary
By Ruth Napier
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Hey, if it's your wedding anniversary today, then happy anniversary to you. Marriage is such a wonderful and honorable union. The wedding is wonderful and all the words that are said. You have the attention of everyone that day and a good time is had by all.
You laugh and then you cry, you kiss then you dance. You eat then you laugh some more. Everyone is wishing you well and giving you gifts and money. What could be better than this?
After the wedding and reception the happy couple goes off on their honeymoon to some exotic place and has the most wonderful time of their life. You vow to love each other forever. The romance is so thick between you that you can hardly stand to be apart for a minute. Wow! It's so wonderful and you know this will last forever.
You both return home and unpack your things and settle in to everyday life. He goes off to work and she gets up and cleans the house and plans the menu for dinner and off to shop for the food. She cooks the dinner, lights the candles and waits for him to come home from work.
She hears him pull in the drive and meets him at the door with a hug and kiss but he seems a little distant. She wonders what is wrong, but doesn't say anything. You both sit down to eat and he stretches his arms and says he's tired. He doesn't eat much. She asks' him why he isn't hungry and he says he's just tired. He does however eat some and excuses himself.
He goes in the living room and picks up the paper and reads while she clears the dishes from the table and blows out the candles. She washes the dishes and goes in the living room to sit with him and watch some TV and discovers he is asleep. Oh wow, reality has set in on this couple.
By the time the first anniversary rolls around, the wedding is a dull memory, but they celebrate it anyway with a cake and a card for each other and a special dinner. They talk about that day and hug each other and have a dance or two, but the romance has faded a bit and they don’t feel like they did a year ago.
This may not be the case with all couples, but I guarantee you it is for more than you realize. Anniversaries can be good if you keep the marriage alive and well. But if you settle into living everyday life and don't work at your marriage, then it can be just a reminder of how the both of you used to feel toward one another each year. Don't let this happen to you.
Put Jesus in your marriage and you will have the help you need to keep it alive and loving and it won't get stale. The God kind of love will keep a marriage out of divorce court and keep you in love with each other and right on track. Jesus in a marriage can mean the difference between a happy marriage and an unhappy one. He can even turn a bad marriage into a good one.
Happy anniversary to all of you that are having an anniversary this month. May your marriage be a long and happy one.
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