"I don't want diamond sunbursts, or marble halls. I just want you."
--Anne Shirley, in Anne of Green Gables
I know what Anne Shirley meant when she said those words to Gilbert Blythe, for she describes how I feel about Dick. It didn’t take a flashy, sparkling ring or bowers of roses to make me love him. And it doesn’t take a gorgeous house with every convenience or lavish vacations abroad for me to continue to love him. I fell in love with him and will always love him for who he is—faithful, generous, tender, funny, loving, caring, protecting, encouraging, and an ocean-sized parcel of other endearing qualities.
This week Dick and I celebrate 40 years of marriage—40 years of being blessed with the privilege of sharing my life with my best friend and lover. I often say, and truly mean, Dick is the perfect husband for me. God couldn’t have chosen anyone else with whom I could be more in sync. When we met, we clicked.
The day we married God gave me the second of His greatest gifts—the first being salvation through His Son, Jesus. Dick and I have traveled not only this physical life together, but our spiritual lives as well. You see, we both committed our lives to Jesus on the very same day. Like the base of a triangle, that relationship with God is our foundation and our goal. The closer we grow to God, the closer we grow to each other, like the other two sides of a triangle meeting at the apex.
Any couple looking for the key to a stronger love to bind them need only bow their heads in prayer to find it. When each one commits their lives to Jesus, their relationship with one another is strengthened also. And it just keeps getting better and better.
©2014 Pamela D. Williams