This is the week we celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary. It’s full of memories, thanksgivings, laughter and just plain gratefulness to God for allowing us to travel this far together.
Last week we were talking with a shoe salesman and the conversation came up about marriage. That happens often, probably because we’re looking for ways to draw people out regarding their own relationships.
Here’s how our conversation went…
Tom: We’re about to celebrate 38 years of marriage.
Salesman: For real?
Me: Yeah, he’s had five wives, but only one marriage.
Salesman: (Does a double take) Huh? Oh, I get it! (Laughing, but not sure)
Tom: My wife isn’t the same woman she was when I married her. And I’m not the same either. We have to keep falling in love with the person he/she has become in order to keep our marriage strong and growing.
Salesman: Wow. That’s so good. Thanks for sharing that!
We found out our salesman wasn’t married, but hopefully we planted a seed for his future.
Conversations like these happen frequently. Our prayer is that our words and our example will infuse hope that a life-long marriage is possible by and through the grace of God.
Tom loved our Valentine’s weekend, and I’m sure whatever Tom has planned for us this weekend will be just as special.
Our pastor says often, “Constant change is here to stay.” And marriage is no exception. Plan for the changes and they won’t take you by surprise.
I have concluded that I’m a better me because of the daily input of Tom’s love, care and wisdom. This is why I’ve changed and I pray it’s been for the better.
As Glenda sings in my favorite Broadway production, Wicked, “I have been changed for good!”
In what ways have you changed for good throughout your marriage?