The Successful Marriage

70 years

Seventy years ago there was a young couple so much in love that they couldn’t imagine life without the other. Then the war came and before they were married he went off to serve his country. Those were long years for her…. years of doubt…until she saw him again and then all doubt was gone. They rushed to the alter pledging their lives together for as long as they both shall live.

Then reality came…the war had changed him. He had seen things he could not forget. He was no longer that carefree adventuress young man that had caught her eye.

She was now pregnant and I’m sure wanting to run…but she had made a pledge.

The years ahead where mixed with good times and bad. Money , illnesses, family drama, they had it all…but they had made a pledge…and their love grew.

When she had doubt and was afraid…she ran to her Lord…and their love grew.

When life was good he thanked his Lord….and their love grew.

Years later when Alzheimers fell on both of them, all they knew was their love for each other …and their Lord.

He was dying and had not said much that anyone could understand, then he asked for her.. His Bonnie. When the family brought her  to his bedside there were no words spoken…everyone in the room wondered if she knew that she was there to say good bye to the love of her life. There she sat…and within moments she began to sing. Not just sing, she began to sing the song that was sang at their wedding oh so many years before.

I love you truly, truly dear,
Life with its sorrow, life with its tear
Fades into dreams when I feel you are near
For I love you truly, truly dear.

They didn’t have a perfect marriage…I’m not sure there is such a thing. But they made a pledge, not to man but to their Lord. They knew that God had promised to never leave them or forsake them, so when times got tough they didn’t run to man to fix it, they ran to their Lord.

I am so thankful for my parents that taught me the secret of a successful marriage.




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4 Responses to The Successful Marriage

  1. Sherri S.

    Wow, Dianne! So beautiful. I’m so glad you shared this, thank you.

    Happy Fall 🙂

  2. Debbie

    This was beautiful, it made me cry! God has given you a gift, thank you for sharing, teaching and reminding me!!

  3. Gwen

    What a lovely tribute. I, too, was blessed to have the example of godly parents who honored their marriage vows through good & bad. Thank you for sharing so eloquently.

  4. Ivy

    Hope you and your family are well. Have been checking your blog for new posts but haven’t seen any since October. Whatever your reason for no new posts, I hope it’s all good. Praying for you and your family.

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