Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
Amy and I were college students the first time I met her parents, Ron and Rose. Like almost all guys I was nervous meeting “her parents.” Through our conversations and over dinner with Amy’s brother Bryan I found that they were like Amy: friendly and kind, they love to laugh and they cared deeply about God.
That was 1985.
A couple years later on June 13 those same two parents gave us their blessing as Amy were married.
So, when Ron and Rose wanted to renew their wedding vows on their fiftieth (50th!) anniversary I was blessed to be invited to officiate their ceremony.
Family and friends gathered to celebrate their love – tested by time – as Ron and Rose renewed marriage vows that they had originally made in 1956.
There are many wonderful passages in the Bible that help us to think through the dynamics of building caring relationships. As we read these words from Psalm 33 we see can God’s hand in Ron and Rose’s lives as they’ve loved one another for what is now fifty-eight years.
“We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.”
All relationships are dynamic and involve give and take; in marriage and in a personal relationship with God. Over their fifty-eight years of marriage their lives testify that Ron and Rose trust in God’s care. It’s easy to have faith through the easy fun-loving times, but even through the scary and challenging times of life we can hold tight to God and to one another because God is a spiritual shield and offers emotional stability.
“In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.”
God has blessed Ron and Rose in many ways over the last fifty-eight years. Ron and Rose are loving, forgiving and patient with one another because they have lived rejoicing that God has loving, forgiving and patient with each of them.
“May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.”
Ron and Rose’s lives testify that a key to their deep, loving relationship together is intimacy with God, our Creator, the giver of unfailing love.
Unfailing love is unconditional love, or as we call it at TreeHouse “love without strings.” Unfailing love is the kind of love that:
– Ron and Rose lean on to sustain their relationship.
– God offers to bond people for fifty-eight years and beyond.
– Ron and Rose have received from God.
– Each of us can receive from God too.
If you haven’t chosen to follow God and receive God’s unfailing love, what’s holding you back?
If you’re ready to start that journey or ready to refresh your relationship with God I suggest you pray to our invisible God as you would talk to a person. Here’s a prayer I pray often:
– Thank you Jesus for dying for MY sins.
– I’m sorry that I have and I do sin.
– Please help me to live for you.
Email me at mysilentscream for scott @ gmail . com (remove the spaces) if you have any questions.
1 – Psalm 33:20-22, NIV