Friday, March 21, 2008

The Greatest of These....

(Written for Thursday, March 20th....our anniversary!)

(daughter Patty made this beautiful card for us)

Today was our anniversary ~ and the first day of Spring!

I'm not sure if you can read the words on the Anniversary card in the photo above. It is the scripture, I Corinthians 13:13, and says "Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love" I like to meditate on this same verse from the Amplified Bible:

"And so faith, hope, love abide [faith--conviction and belief respecting man's relation to God and divine things; hope--joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love--true affection for God and man, growing out of God's love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love"

Bill and I have been married for fifteen years now. A year ago, I asked God for a miracle. Not to spare my husbands life (though I did ask that one, you can be sure!) No, for a different miracle....I remember the conversation with God so clearly, alone in my car, driving the highway between home and hospital. I asked Him to restore my marriage. I knew that marriage is part of God's plan. I knew the state of our marriage. And I had an idea of what lay before us if it were God's plan to keep Bill here with us. And I knew, that it would take faith and hope and most of all, love. I asked God for those things that day.

And He answered my prayer. I spent a good bit of the day, and many of my days, thanking Him for that answer. I was reminded of how grateful I am to Him for that answer as we celebrated, Bill and I. Traveling in the car together now, to pay visits to a few special friends who mean so much to us and who are facing their own adversities in life. As we drove along, we sang hymns. Blessed Assurance and 'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus and What A Friend We Have In Jesus and I Love To Tell The Story. It was like praying together, with music ;)

Yes, these three remain ~ faith, hope and love. And today, we celebrated.


Theresa said...

Happy Anniversary - and many more! :o)

Cindy Yeager said...

Happy Anniversary Cary & Bill!!!

I am so thankful to our Lord & Savior that he answered your prayer requests and that Bill is still with you, and still willing to work on 'things'...

May God richly bless you and yours today & everyday.

Praying for you all and thanking God for bringing you into my life through the internet!!!

Donna B said...

Singing hymns together in the car is one of the loveliest things in the world.

Praying that the Lord blesses your next year together!