Yesterday at the church’s Welcome Luncheon for new people, I introduced my wife and said we’ve been married 40 years. The person next to me said that in today’s world that’s really saying something. “Thanks for setting an example.”I still fumble with compliments so instead of saying thank you I pointed to my wife, the real hero of our relationship. And she is. But both of us absolutely love being married, and being married to each other. In fact, I might go so far as to say that our marriage is euphoric.
I’m having trouble stopping right there. I’m tempted to add all kinds of qualifiers like “we have our problems too,” or “it’s not a perfect marriage,” or “we’re human”. But those are not what conveys the general nature of our relationship, nor how we think of it. I want unmarried people taunted by an endless drumbeat of bad news and bad reviews of marriage to grasp that in the natural world, NOTHING CAN COMPARE to marriage. The fact that marriage can produce such devastating sorrow when it’s breaking or broken, is only more proof that its potential to offer couples delirious joy, is boundless.
I was thrilled to read Biola professor Rick Langer’s magnificent defense of–and elevation of marriage in the current issue of EFCA’s online ‘zine “EFCA TODAY”. Click here.