We had lunch on Sunday with dear friends of ours, Jerry and Shirley Corbett. In September they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. It’s obvious they love each other, they enjoy being together, and they love God more today than they ever have.
Why? Why are they so joyful after all these years?
First, and foremost, they are in love with their Savior. They realize that everything they’ve been given is on loan from Him, and they have been good stewards. Hundreds of women, couples and families have benefited from their kind generosity and hospitality. It’s like breathing to them. Tom and I are grateful to God that we have lived much of our married life in their shadow.
Second, they shared their secret for marital happiness. They said it quite simply,
“We’re not the same people we were when we first got married. As the years passed and children were added to our family (3 in 3 1/2 years!) changes took place in our hearts, and we had to adjust and learn to love who we’d each become. Each season brought new changes and learning to love the new person was vital to our marriage.”
By God’s grace they have 58 years to look back and reflect upon.
Shirley said jokingly about looking at old family photos, “Who are those people?”
Noticing changes over time can be quite drastic, but day in and day out it’s easy to be deceived in thinking things will never change. But they do, and we must choose to adjust, embrace and even love the changes, so one day we’ll do as Jerry and Shirley with smiles on our faces and ask…