A joyful future…

When Louis and I were married – thirty-two years ago today – the date was carefully chosen (by me) to include a Florida Gator football game (Florida vs Auburn – to be exact) and my daddy’s birthday (October 31 – he would be 89 this year if he weren’t already in Heaven). I figured that if we were going to get the whole family together for one occasion (our wedding), then we may as well take advantage of all that family togetherness and celebrate more than one event at a time. As far as I was concerned, a Gator football game and my daddy’s birthday most definitely qualified as celebration worthy events.

As most of you already know, Louis and I began our relationship on very shaky ground, and our marriage on October 29, 1976, was our second marriage to each other. Some years ago, I wrote…

Our lives and our marriage are a testimony to God’s mercy and amazing grace and His power to bring life from death…but maintaining that life has been hard work. As in many marriages, there have been times when we have both wanted to walk away, but we have made a covenant commitment to each other that has been reinforced by our experiences of God’s (continuous) work in our lives…and that keeps our marriage secure and on solid ground. We are living proof of lives that are newly created. When I look at Louis, I don’t see or even remember the young man controlled by alcohol, but the Spirit-controlled man he has become. For that reason, we don’t remember or celebrate the years of our marriage before October 29, 1976, only the years since, and the solid foundation on which we now stand.

As I reflected on our marriage this morning, I was encouraged to read Steve’s (OldRedHat) post “A Dark History. A Joyful Future.”

“But because of Christ those dark histories are forgiven and forgotten. In fact, we’re God’s workmanship. We’re here on earth not to reflect our dark shadows, but to be used by God to reflect His greatness.

We are grateful that the vast majority of people are part of the less informed about our past. That is a God thing. He doesn’t emphasize the past. He emphasizes a hope and a future.”

The sentiment expressed in the card Louis left for me this morning could not have been more perfect…
“I love you not only for who you are,
but for all we’ve been through together.
We’ve shared a lot of good times,
and some hard times too.

But no matter what
has come our way,
we’ve always known
that with God and each other,
we could make it through.”
You betcha, honey. Me, too.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.”

“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9, 12 (ESV)

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