As for husbands, love your wives just like Christ loved the church and gave himself for her (Ephesians 5:25, Common English Bible).
Today is a special day to me. It is a special day because it is the birthday of the most important person in my life, my wife Cindy. I know many would say their children are the most important people in their lives. Since my children are now grown adults, others might argue their grandchildren.
As is probably obvious already, I do not agree. Without Cindy, there would be no children and no grandchildren. She really is the most important person to me.
As many of you know, several years ago, Cindy and I were in a very bad car accident. It was the scariest night of my life because I thought I had lost her. She was unresponsive and I was scared. Other than a broken hip (I am not trying to down play the hip, it was bad enough) she was fine, as was I. Still, it made me start thinking about what my life would be like without this wonderful lady in it.
Other than salvation and grace, Cindy is the greatest gift God has given me. I thank God everyday for the gift of this special lady. We have had our ups and downs over the years. Together we have raised two fine young men (one who shares a birthday with his mother, Happy Birthday Christopher) and the other has a birthday in just over a week (Happy Birthday Wayne). Those two boys and their wives have give us five wonderful grandkids all of whom we enjoy. All of these are also gifts from God that God used Cindy to give to us and many others who are touched by my family.
Cindy and I got married young. Many said it wouldn’t last a year. That was 39 years ago. I would say we exceeded their expectations. I am thankful for it all, and would not trade it for anything. Cindy puts up with a lot from me and because of me. She is quick to tell anyone who asks, she didn’t marry a preacher, she married a sailor. Big difference. She still puts up with a lot because of my work. There are the weeknight meetings, trips out of town, late night phone calls and more. She accepts it all with grace and constantly tells me and reminds me of her love.
In the verse above we husbands are instructed to love our wives. This might be the divine instruction I find the easiest to follow.
So, I want to say, “Happy Birthday, Sweets. I love you and pray God gives us many more years together.”
And, I pray all of you have a blessed day from the God who blesses us all with the gifts of the people we love.
Grace and Peace,
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