When we think of gifts from God, we tend to think in terms of money or houses or cars or other such “things.” Sometimes we get beyond these things and think about the gift of health. Today, I want to discuss another kind of gift. A gift that surpasses health and financial things.
On June 21st, 25 years ago, God brought the greatest gift ever into my life. He opened a door for me to meet Sharon K. Bullis. After shaking hands at the conclusion of our first date, we soon graduated to the realization that neither of us wanted to go out with anyone else.
It took us three years to marry, because she’d been single for 17 years, and I’d had more than one marriage failure. We both wanted to take it slowly and carefully and be sure we knew what we were doing before we said, “I do.”
In a couple of weeks, we will have been married for 22 years, and there’s never been a day that I regretted taking that step. There have been misunderstandings and even arguments from time to time. What couple doesn’t have them? But we made a firm commitment never to go to sleep at night mad at each other, and we’ve kept that commitment ever since.
Every day she becomes more precious to me. Through the years, we’ve always been there to help each other in times of need. Last winter I had the opportunity to be her caregiver when she had hip surgery. At first, I had to do almost everything for her, but as she recuperated, she did more and more for herself, and I did less and less.
When the opportunity to be her caregiver arose, I was thrilled. She had already done that for me on several occasions. She sat with me through two different hospital stays with heart-related things. She got up at some horrible time of morning to take me to the hospital for a cardioversion five years ago, and she’s going to again later this month.
When the health insurance industry went south some eight years ago and I was pretty much forced to retire, she continued working part-time, even though she already had a nice pension. She wanted to be sure our income was comfortable, and we both knew I wasn’t in a position to continue making money from health insurance.
For years, we’ve been putting money into college savings accounts for our grandchildren. It’s nowhere near enough to pay for college, but it certainly helps, and once I retired, the contributions to these accounts came from her work.
I won’t continue to list one item after another, but I hope I’ve conveyed the idea that I treasure my wife. God gave us to each other, and we not only thank Him but also honor Him by honoring each other.
How do you and your spouse honor each other?
If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
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