I have always loved the story. George and Marjorie were given a 35th wedding anniversary party. During the celebration, George was asked to share some of his thoughts about the long-lasting marriage. He began by going back 30 years to the night when, during a severe thunderstorm, Marjorie was tucking their little boy into bed. “As Marjorie was about to turn off the bedroom light, our little boy asked tearfully, “Mommy, will you please stay with me all night?” Smiling Marjorie gave him a little hug. Then she said, “I can’t stay. I have to stay in Daddy’s room.” There was a pause, then a shaky little voice answered, “The big baby.”
What a great memory for this child to carry with him through the years. My mom and dad loved being together.
Katherine Porter writes, “Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked.”
God doesn’t command us to get married, He offers it to us as an opportunity. Once we join in this BLESSED UNION we cannot love God without loving our spouse as well.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24
And when our focus, momentum and direction is in sync with the psalmists words, then desire for intimacy and presence with God and our spouse goes unabated. What an ‘extreme’ loving environment for all who enter our space.