Three Strands, 50 Years

Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm?And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. Eccl. 4:9-12

This weekend, my mom and dad celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. According to the US Census Bureau, only 5% of all the currently married couples have made it to this milestone. It’s kind of a big deal. Just look at them and their awesomeness.

What you’re looking at is a picture of Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. Clay and I wanted that passage read in our wedding ceremony. The pastor forgot. It doesn’t matter, though, because who really remembers what the preacher says during their wedding, anyway? Not me. Especially now, 22 years later, and after the VCR ate the VHS tape it was recorded on. But, thanks to my mom and dad, God has burned the truth of that passage in my heart and mind in a way that will never fade or be forgotten. For 43 of the 50 years they’ve been married, I’ve gotten to see the cord of three strands principle put into practice. Their commitment to Christ and to each other has made an impact on everyone who knows them…not just their own children, but their children’s children and the generations that follow, too.

Marriage is a good thing. It’s hard, but it’s good. And God didn’t leave us to do it on our own. Even the strongest individuals can fail at marriage; but when we are bound together in Christ, we can overcome anything that threatens to destroy us. We face the same temptations, and often even the same struggles as everyone else, but, miraculously, in Christ, those things serve to strengthen us rather than break us. We don’t just “get by,” either, because God teaches us in new ways each and every day that two really are better than one.Three strands, 50 years. Happy anniversary, mom and dad. And thank you.

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