48 Years

That’s how long my Aunt Jackie and Uncle Bud were married before she passed away this morning– 48 years.  This seems amazing to me.  The two went out on their first date when Aunt Jackie was 14 and were married when she was 18 and Uncle Bud was 20.   I watched Uncle Bud serve her and take care of her over the last few months with a love and commitment that was inspiring- he meant it when he said, “until death do us part.” 

I don’t suppose many of us understand what we are agreeing to on our wedding day— ” To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish ’till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness. ”  We may think we do,  in our naive, happy hearts.  We agree to love faithfully, but when trouble comes (and it does) we may falter; we may groan under the difficulty of the task.  But then, understanding comes; we remember our vows to remain faithful.  We stay true through the hard times and patiently wait for the good and happy to come again

I expected this cycle in marriage.  But I  DID NOT expect this same cycle as the Bride of Christ.  But it is there.  Why I didn’t expect this, I cannot say.  But it has surprised me and shocked me.    When we become a believer-  we agree to love faithfully, but when trouble comes (and it does) we may falter, we may groan under the difficulty of the task.  But then, understanding comes, we remember our vows to remain faithful.  We stay true through the hard times and patiently wait for the good and happy to come again. 

And isn’t that the good news of being the Bride of Christ.  We love God for a life time.   We stay true through the hard times and patiently wait for the good and happy to come again.  And in the end, Death doesn’t really part us at all.

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