“Many waters cannot quench love.” SS 8:7
We smile at the cartoon of a husband saying to his wife, “There you go again, quoting our marriage vows out of context!” Walter Lippmann said, “The concept of two people living together for twenty-five years or more without a serious dispute, suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.” Marriage is God’s idea, and it’s a good one. But if you’re looking for someone who can be everything, you’ll be disappointed! When you marry someone you take on their weaknesses as well as their strengths. It’s a package deal. By expecting perfection, you’re asking for more than either of you are capable of giving. On the other hand, when you get into trouble you can count on your partner. Marriage is having someone to curl up with when the world seems cold, who’s as concerned as you are when the children are ill. It’s having a hand that keeps checking your brow when you aren’t well, and a shoulder to cry on when they lower a loved one into the ground. To the one you marry you’re saying, “When my time comes to leave this world, it’s your face I want to kiss goodbye. It’s your hand I want to hold as I slip into eternity. I want to look into your eyes and see that I mattered. Not what I looked like, or how much money I made, or even how talented I was. No, I want to look into the eyes of someone who loved me and see that I mattered!” If you’ve been too busy lately, or just forgetful, take a moment and let your spouse know how much you appreciate them.
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