10/1/11

Seven years of loving


We tend to wait for multiples of 5 years to name special anniversaries, but here's notice of a 7th anniversary very deserving of our attention.

A friend I've not seen in many years but with whom I'm connected on FaceBook, posted this today, his wedding anniversary:
Today Ive been married for seven years to the most amazing woman I have ever known. I love you my sweet angel. Thank you for giving me a reason to turn it all around so long ago. For showing me something I never thought I would see. True love. Thank you for being a wonderful mother to our children and for loving me even on the days you didn't want to or the days I didn't deserve it. I love you very much and am so glad we are on this journey together. Through the ups and downs you are there. Marriage is not easy, sometimes near impossible, but that's what makes it so special. That we share a love that is unbreakable, forgiving, and most of all, genuine. I love you my soul mate. And I look forward to many more years of being married to my best friend.
I'm going to print this out and share it with engaged couples as I prepare them to celebrate the sacrament of marriage.  I rejoice in my friend's marriage and especially so because he speaks so clearly of:
how sometimes everything needs to be turned around...
those difficult days when loving seems impossible...
love that spans and survives all the ups and downs...

a relationship that's not easy and sometimes near impossible...
what truly makes marriage so special...
the need for forgiveness...
Join me in praying for many more happy, forgiving, unbreakable, loving years for M and R on their journey together!


 

   
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2 comments:

apc said...

I loved this! I got a similar type missive on our 49th anniv. and loved it. Anyone who thinks marriage is always uphill is just not realistic. It is the ups and downs that strengthen and bring out the love and best in one another. thanks for sharing your friends letter and send congratulations their way!

Austin Fleming said...

I made an error and inadvertently deleted rather than published this comment:

Well, I am into my 2nd day of my 8th year and my wife has been mad at me pretty much all day. We had the longest and the most amazing day yesterday with our friends and kids only to end with a long ride home and an arguement over if we would make it another year or not. Sounds stupid but it is true. As I sat on the phone uploading the pictures of the day she slept softly behind me on the bed. I came to a photo I took of her wearing a yellow flower in her hair and a smile that makes me remind myself to breath when I see it. All of a sudden I was flooded with love and peace. The anger from the fight was swiftly pushed aside and replaced with the fear of ever having to miss that smile. I looked over my shoulder to see her sleeping on the bed and thought of all of the fights we had ever had and all of the words I wish I never said. Of all of the things I wish i did not do and all of the things I pray to never say or do again. It hit me. "OF COURSE YOU WILL MAKE IT ANOTHER YEAR". Quite simply because of all the emotions and feelings and actions in the world, Love is the only one that is not temporary. It is ever lasting. It is the single most powerful feeling or emotion there is. Because it is the one that God intended to be the strongest. Thank you Lord for reminding me of that. Reminding me to just Love her, without question, as you Love me. m