I grew up listening and singing along with the Captain and Tennille. Their music had a way of sticking in my head even when I didn’t want it too–“I will, I will, I will…” See?
On January 16, 2014, after 39 years of marriage, Tennille filed for a divorce from The Captain, and sadly it took him completely by surprise. That’s all we know. He said he has to figure it out by himself first before he can give a statement as to why Tennille left him.
How sad to be in your early 70’s only to discover your partner for life is calling it quits. Why? What could cause this unhappily ever after?
- It could be The Captain’s chronic illness. He was diagnosed in 2010 with a debilitating health problem which has impaired his ability to play his music.
- It could be the retirement years could no longer allow them to ignore the unresolved conflicts between them.
- It could be it wasn’t love that held them together, but music. And when the music died, so did their marriage.
We don’t know the reason, but we can learn from their story…
Love isn’t what holds a marriage together. It’s marriage that holds our love together, because our feelings of love can come and go as the years pass. If the feeling is what we depend on, we will think it hypocritical to stay together if the feelings are gone no matter how many years are behind us. But when we embrace our marriage covenant, we’ll stay committed in good times, in bad times, when the music plays on and when it fades. We’ll be there for our spouse no matter the cost because a covenant is only broken by death.
My heart breaks for The Captain and Tennille. It’s hard enough to bear the break-up of a marriage, but to do it in front of adoring fans must be even more painful. We pray they will find a path to reconciliation, but if they don’t, may we learn from their experience.
We have a Savior who gave His life in complete surrender for the good of another. He will help us love and serve our spouse as we promised on our wedding day. It has nothing to do with our feelings, in fact our feelings will deceive us most times. It depends on our trust in our covenant making and keeping God. He can keep us together, and when our spouse or life circumstances asks more of us than we expected, may we whole-heartedly roll up both sleeves and shout, “I will, I will, I will!”
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