Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Twenty Years Together

Kathy and I were married twenty years ago on August 19, 1989. Like many couples, we've had wonderfully good times and terribly tough times but the one constant is God's grace over our marriage.

Every since Kathy's encounter with cancer in 2001, our motto has been - "every day together is a gift from God". Sadly, I didn't always see that earlier in our marriage. But God has a wonderful way of bringing forth the sweet fruit of sanctification from a bitter seed. As two sinners living, loving and parenting together, we still have many issues but we're more aware than ever that God has been kind to give us twenty years worth of daily gifts. We're grateful.

Here's what I read recently -

"The ultimate thing we can say about marriage is that it exist for God's glory. That is, it exists to display God" - John Piper, This Momentary Marriage, p.25

We pray that in some mysterious, inexplicable way, our marriage may fulfill its ultimate purpose.


Halfmom said...

Happy Anniversary, ESI. I've been following the postings by email even though I haven't been around much lately. The new job is going well; it's just taking longer than I thought to get up to speed.

Perhaps your marriage is already show aspects of what God intended marriage for. Arms that provide safety and promise not to ever leave even when the way is veiled and hard - those are reflections of God's love that the world needs to see.

Jimmy said...

Happy Anniversary, ESI!! these are great thoughts you have shared. Marriage is a precious gift from God and our spouses are treasures. It is my regular thought, "what would I do without my wife, where would I be.
I pray that increasingly my marriage would display God.

I pray that God would continually bless you and Kathy.

Every Square Inch said...

Susan, Jimmy - thanks. I'm grateful for the blessing of my bride.

Craver Vii said...

May your marriage continue and even increase displaying God, and may His pleasure be your (plural) delight. Congratulations on the first twenty years!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Congratulations to you two, and may God give you many more years of love together. May the world be drawn to Jesus through what they see in you.


Paul Long said...

20 years is a great milestone.
Congrautlations buddy!! And may God grant you both many more blessed years together!!

Sam Van Eman said...

Here's to another 20.

Every Square Inch said...

Craver- thank you for those kind thoughts.

Ted - we pray for that as well - that we might reflect Christ

Paul - it is a great milestone indeed and there were many trials along the way but God has been gracious to help us.

Sam - amen, and thank you