When Marriage Lasts
My husband and I just celebrated our 50th anniversary, and I am full of varied emotions.
I am a little surprised to even still be alive, and I am deeply grateful that we have weathered the trials of these 50 years and are still together.
We mainly credit the faithfulness of God for keeping us together, but our choices have played their part as well.
We both have been convinced that God wanted permanence in our marriage, and when we have been stretched nearly to breaking point, we have come back repeatedly to the Father’s expectation and our own promises.
I’ve written several poems over the years that express our convictions about marriage and our experience of it.
I’m including several of them here.
I doubt that I really need to say much more.
When Marriage Lasts
Go here watch the interview of John and Rhonda talk about marriage.
This was probably written in one of the “stretching times” when aggravation was a frequent emotion.
Unravels our hearts,
Ties us together—
We will not sever the knot
In the face of assault.
We will not run away
From loving each other,
And the promise holds.
I wrote this poem for the 70th anniversary of dear friends, and eventually changed the title to be applicable for any of us in a long marriage.
FOR THOSE LONG WED
For Guy and Marie, on the occasion of their 70th anniversary
When starry-eyed youth
Speak their vows
They cannot fathom growing old
Cannot grasp body’s betrayal
But when marriage is measured in decades
When patience and forgiveness
Have been practiced
And practiced again
When “for better or worse”
Have both been tasted
When the promise
Has been kept year after year
Probably wrote this acrostic poem describing my husband for a birthday or anniversary. I’m glad I married him and hope many other wives out there can describe their husbands in similar fashion.
Intelligent and industrious
Testy at times
Undeterred by obstacles
Never a dull moment
– Rhonda Brown