This past weekend we attended Memorial Services for two young men, age 22 and 21 – they were separate services, completely unrelated. One was held Saturday morning, the other Sunday afternoon. We also shared dinner with two separate couples whom we have known for decades, and I, (Debi) attended a bridal shower for a dear friend who is getting married this coming Saturday! She has been a single mom for 15 years, and he has never been married. What a wonder God has done!
These are the moments of our lives when we stop and take notice of what’s most important.
The Bible tells us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice and to weep with those who weep.” We certainly have! At dinner tonight – one friend told us about a DVD he recently watched of a husband retiring from his long held career in order to care for his wife who had Alzheimer’s Disease. They had been together for 42 years, and he could think of nothing he would rather do than to care for her in her need as she had so lovingly done their entire marriage. What love; what devotion!
This is why we blog!
Not so you can check “date night” off your to-do list, but in order to help build marriages that will stand the test of time when life is nearing it’s end. Our goal here is to prepare our hearts for eternity! Date nights won’t get us there, only faith in Christ will. But how we treat our spouse counts, for this is what storing up treasure in Heaven looks like. God notices when we treat our spouse in a way that represents Him well. He notices when we sacrifice our wants and desires in order to honor and bless our spouse.
I feel I’m rambling, but honestly it has been an emotionally packed season for us. In fact, I don’t think we’ll get to what’s happening in Orlando this week! Maybe with it being Easter the best date would be to spend time together as a couple thanking God for the gift of His Son. He is the reason we are growing and changing.
It’s all for Him – our lives, our love and our marriage.
And one day we’ll stand before Him reflecting back on our lives, and we pray He will say “Well done my good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of the Lord!”