For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV).
Today is my wedding anniversary. 31 years ago today, the most wonderful lady on Earth said the words to become Mrs. Terry. Through so many up’s and down’s, rights and wrongs, and changes, and family, and all the world has thrown at us, we’ve made it this far. We’re half way to 62, which is a good place to start.
Through these 31 years, we’ve come together because of being believers in Jesus. We’ve known sin; we’ve known blessings. Faith in Him is our foundation. In our marriage, that has become a real thing, an enduring bond, what keeps us as one as a couple, as Kim and Dave, as Mom and Dad, and as Mimi and Pops. She and I were both raised in Christian homes but Christian homes with varying see-saw degrees of Christianity. That’s probably true for most people. Our faith ebbs and flows over time, but it, like a river, it generally flows towards its ultimate destination.
But together we’ve come to understand that the precious blood of Christ that purchased us from the emptiness of life without Him is the blood that both washes us clean and holds us together. Without Him, there’s no protection for us. Without Jesus, there is no reason to be married, or have a family, or even to try to live happily here on the Third Rock. Without Jesus, we’re just unsaved sinners, lost souls in a hopeless world from which the only escape is oblivion. Without Jesus, none of this makes any sense.
Especially during hard times. Our world is going through some now. Mankind 2020 doesn’t know how to handle this, at least not in progressive America. It doesn’t really matter how we all got here. We’re here now. What are we going to do about it?
If you don’t know what to do, come join Hunnie and me in devotions. First go to the cross and get rid of your sins there. Embrace them, confess them, then really let them go. Jesus died to atone for them so they won’t matter anymore. Then come with us to the empty tomb. Peek in, gaze, then walk out of it. Jesus isn’t there. He’s alive; He’s risen; He’s doing things now more than ever. Come join us as we join in with Him. Great things are in progress. Come be a part of them.
We’ve learned these things in 31 years of being blessed together. Happy anniversary, Hunnie. Our best is yet to come.
For further reading: 1 Peter 1:20
Lord Jesus, thank You for blessing my marriage and my life with this wonderful lady. Keep us close to you as we venture again into this world of Yours, together.