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Topic: MARRIAGE (08/25/16)
TITLE: Love at First Sight
By Chris Goglin
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Over the next year, he courted me like a gentleman. Although I was five years younger, and “robbing the cradle” was not a slogan I appreciated, Rich didn’t seem to mind. We were sweethearts forever, and He made that clear when he gave me an engagement ring in my senior year in high school.
On the other hand, my parents were worried, and felt obligated to end this budding romance. They insisted I was too young and immature, and could not make such an important decision for my life. But, in the following months, they came to love Rich and sincerely believed he would care for me. They hesitantly agreed to let us marry after my graduation, at the ripe old age of eighteen!
Life became a whirlwind of adventures, some exciting, and others devastating. From buying our first home together to struggling to have a family, we supported each other through the triumphs and tribulations of marriage. Only a husband who really cares, would cuddle next to his wife on the bathroom floor when suffering a miscarriage, or send her flowers when she was away at a writer’s conference. His primary concern was ensuring my safety. He supported me and cared about my well-being, even when I came home with a fender bender. Rich constantly showed his love in so many ways, but especially in never raising his voice in anger, but taught me the real meaning of compassion and a humble attitude.
We developed a rock-solid relationship, mostly due to extreme circumstances. Suffering through five miscarriages one after another, would weaken some marriages, but it only reinforced our bond. God was surely directing our lives, when He gave us five more healthy births to replace the precious ones we lost. We were blessed beyond measure! (Eph. 3:19) We attended bible college two nights a week for several years, “training up a child in the way he should go…” (Proverbs 22:6)
Raising five children was a challenge to me, but Rich always made it fun and exciting. After a long day, he always had time to play with the kids, help them with their homework, or shoot baskets on the driveway. He knew I was tired after caring for them all day, and he never forgot all that I did for them. He was the one who waited up for them when they were late coming home, and if they didn’t show up, much to our kid’s dismay, he jumped in his car and firmly escorted them home.
Now, after forty-nine years of marriage… yes, Mom and Dad, we made it…I am proud to say, Rich is still the kind, generous man I married so long ago. His eye lashes are still as long as ever, though his hair has quickly vanished, and his smile still melts my heart every time. Our children are all grown, but know the Lord, and most have children of their own. God has even reminded us of the number five, as he has even blessed us with five wonderful grandchildren. Rich is the backbone of our family, and the light of my life.
Marriage starts as a puppy love relationship, but grows into a devoted friendship of compassionate thoughts and deeds, avoidance of anger and disrespectful words, and a stable commitment to God and each other. Don’t let anyone tell you there is not such a thing as “love at first sight,” we have lived it.
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