This is a photo of us taken 43 years ago today:
Ken had just been home from Vietnam for seven days. I hadn't seen him in a year and a day. Our only communication had been through letters and cassette tapes that took two to three weeks to get. Before that we'd only actually spent about 10 months in each other's presence before he was drafted into the army. Then we had five months of separation state-side with only two short visits before he left for Vietnam. When this picture was taken I was barely 18 and he was 22. Statistically, we should not still be together.
There is much that goes into making a marriage not only last a long time, but to work. I'm sure there are lots of long-time unhappily married couples out there. But they don't have to be--not the long-time part, but the unhappily part. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, but there is usually hope in resolving differences if first, you commit to try, and then, lay aside your ego.
I came across this presentation by Leo Buscaglia, otherwise known as Dr. Love. I've provided a short clip of his summing up what love is because he strikes me as a passionate man (he has since passed on in 1998). He was passionate about love. I think if we were all as passionate as he was there would hardly be any broken families. Keeping your marriage together--and happy--is the best love letter you could write to your children: Leo Buscaglia
Father, thank You for providing Ken and me with the grace we've needed to make a good marriage. Thank you for the sons born of that marriage. Thank you for the love we've shared.
Link to scripture: http://niv.scripturetext.com/1_corinthians/13-4.htm
Here are some more scriptures pertaining to marriage: http://www.familyhorizons.net/html/marriage_scriptures.html
Ken, this is for you. This is how you make me feel: "When a Man Loves a Woman" Michael Bolton