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Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)
TITLE: Holding A Marriage Together
By LaVonne Wood
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It all started with the book of joy the day we were married. We didn’t have a big wedding, just twenty-five guests. Our families lived far away and money was short for them as well as for us. It didn’t matter though, because we were in love and just wanted to be together.
Next came the book of sadness when we realized we couldn’t have children. I think this chapter in life was harder for me at first, having always wanting to be a mother. Years later, though, he realized how much joy we have missed without kids and grandkids. I will say that we had more time to spend together and this has helped to make our relationship grow.
Forgiveness was the hardest book we had to write. Both of us had abusive fathers and we needed those relationships to be reconciled. With the Lord’s help, we managed to not only forgive, but also help them through illnesses before their passing.
Others have received our forgiveness also as we set aside some deep hurts and choose to forgive instead. Then of course, there were the little quarrels in our marriage where we needed to forgive each other.
The book of disappointments is probably the largest of all the books. There was the loss of two businesses, the financial struggle to make ends meet, the end of a music career, the loss of our home and others. Yet, with God’s help and guidance, we keep moving on to the next chapter of our lives.
There are many others books we have written, like the book of regret, the book of compassion, the book of sacrifice and more. We have stood firm and tall through it all as we honored our vows to always stay together. No matter which book we were writing at the time, we did it with a deep love for each other.
We will keep on writing books, hoping that our strong, enduring love will be an example to many young couples beginning to write a marriage book of their own.
Yes, you could say we are bookends, holding our lives together until the last book is written and we go to meet our Lord where our names have been written in His book of life!
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