Friday, June 18, 2010

Romancing the Home

 No one told  me it would be so. 
I never imagined it would happen this way.
When we were first married, and sooooo in love, I probably wouldn’t have even believed it. 
The truth, marvelous and amazing, is that after 21 years, marriage has just continued to become sweeter with each year.


There is a oneness now, that can hardly be expressed.  
We think alike. 
We share the same values. 
We hardly ever disagree, except about sweet pickles. 
We can speak on behalf of one another because we know how the other thinks. 
We keep a constant loving interest in whatever the other does. 
We are one in mind, soul and spirit.


Who could have imagined such powerful emotions, such deep connection, except the author of marriage himself.  He is the One who created marriage to bring joy, to be the happiest, fullest, purest, richest life. 
It is God’s own ideal of completeness.

Romance in the home has kept our relationship alive and more intimate with each passing year. 
The brush of a hand across his back as I walk past.
A knowing look across the dinner table.
  A walk down the lane hand in hand. 
Long talks at the end of the day, cuddled up close in our own dreamy haven, candles flickering against the dark.


Where “love” was once the feeling that held us together, now our commitment, oneness, and shared passion in life continually draws us closer. 
The feelings follow. 
We have become rooted together. 
Our love is now a serving, forgiving, sacrificial kind of love that is exclusive, permanent, and unconditional.
Ours is a marriage of sharing and giving with no holding back.
Of this, I have no regrets. 

Joseph Newton said,
Share your life, and find the finest joy man can know.
Do not be stingy with your heart. 
Get out of yourself into the lives of others, and new life will flow into you-
Share and share alike.

This is my beloved and this is my friend.
I have been blessed to be your bride these 21 years, and looking forward to the next 21.
Thank you for a life of deep peace, quiet joy, and inseparable affection.


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