Wedding vows are spoken before God, our families, and our friends. Sadly, wedding vows are also broken before God, our families, and our friends. I found the following story in a devotional, “The Word for You Today,” from Immanuel Bible Church, Springfield,Virginia, and wanted to share it with you today. It’s refreshing to read about men and women who honor their marriage vows until the end!
“For Better Or For Worse” : On a busy morning, a nurse in the crowded emergency room seated an elderly gentleman who had come to have stitches removed from his hand. He said, “I’m in a hurry, nurse. I have an appointment in an hour.” As the line of patients ahead of him moved slowly, he kept looking anxiously at his watch. Knowing he’d never make his appointment, the nurse led him to an examination room, checked his vital signs and evaluated the condition of his wound. Seeing it was well-healed, she consulted with one of the doctors and got clearance to remove the sutures and re-dress his wound. She asked, “Are you hurrying to another doctor’s appointment?” He said, “No, I’m on my way to have breakfast with my wife at the nursing home.” She asked about his wife’s health and learned she was a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. “Will she be upset if you’re late?” The old man told her she hadn’t recognized him in five years. Surprised, the nurse asked, “And you still go to see her every morning, although she doesn’t know who you are?” The old man smiled, patted her hand and replied, “Oh, yes. She doesn’t know who I am, but I still know who she is!”
Loving “for better or for worse” means being committed to each other in every season and circumstance of life. It’s how Christ loves us: “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” John 13:34 (nlt)
There are many seasons and circumstances that will come into marriage. The one thing in life that is constant – is change! Being committed to each other in the good times and in the bad times is so worth the effort!
Thought for the Day: Take every opportunity to make good memories – for yourself and for others.