In Honor of 43 Years of Marriage
My Mom and Dad have been married 43 years today. On July 9, 1966 they were married at Saint Boniface Catholic Church in
I thank God for their marriage. It has not been a perfect marriage, but it has been an enduring one. I love endurance. It is a quality that is biblical, but uncommon, especially today. They have given to me an example of perseverance in marriage which is a real gift and has made me want to make sure I give it to my children.
But many things can be endured which are not necessarily enjoyable. A man can persevere through battle, a woman through cancer, a family through poverty, and although the endurance is admirable, the circumstances are not. Their endurance has been in a marriage which is not a world war nor a pestilence or disease. Their marriage is filled with love. I suppose that’s why it has endured. I know that they love each other with a real love that is deeply committed. I saw it when I was a kid, but now appreciate it as an adult. From a man’s perspective, my dad’s love and commitment are exemplary; not perfect, but a reflection of a man loving his wife as Christ loved the church.
I also thank God that they are friends. Some people endure. Some even endure because of a sense of love and commitment, but they have other people that they would rather be around than their spouse. When I look at them, I see two people who are friends, who like each other and truly enjoy each other’s company.
When I look at their marriage I feel a great sense of satisfaction because I know that Ariel and I have the same qualities. We have those qualities because of God’s grace, of course, but part of the grace is the good model we have.
I love them both very much. They are both wonderful parents and always have been. I also thank them that they have embodied something that is rare and yet precious in the sight of God, an enduring, loving marriage which is a covenant of companionship.
I wish them a happy 43rd celebration of an uncommon union, which nobody thought would last.
Their Son, Brian