Tuesday, July 5, 2011

20 Years of Marriage


Today Alice and I celebrate 20 years of marriage. I'm amazed it has gone so quickly. God has blessed us immeasurably through these two decades, and we praise Him for it.

Marriage as God planned it is a gift of His grace to draw us closer to Him. As we live intimately with another person, we learn what it is to give of ourselves completely in a meaningful way. I'm sure that many unmarried people have learned this in other ways, but for me, I needed marriage to learn what service is. Frankly, over the years with my wife I've probably been served more than I have done the serving.

Alice is truly a wonderful wife. She sacrifices every day for this family. She has followed me over the years from New York to Georgia to North Carolina to India and back to Georgia. Alice is a terrific mother who educates our children in an exceptional manner.

I have been blessed to be married to Alice for twenty years and am already looking forward to the next twenty. Marriage is a sweet gift from God.

I'm reminded of Proverbs 31:10, "An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels."

10 comments:

reformedlostboy said...

congrats to you two. Your post reminds me of how wonderful my own wife is. Marriage truly is a gift. Amen bro.

Eric said...

Bobby,

Thanks! Second only to knowing Christ, marriage has to be the greatest gift we receive. What a blessing from the Lord.

micah7 said...

Congratulations on 20 years together! God be praised! May the next 20 be even more fruitful and joyful than the last.

Arthur Sido said...

That is wonderful, what a blessing and incredible witness a Christian marriage is to the world. We are coming up on twenty years as well (next February)!

Paul said...

Congrats! Twenty years and three great kids - blessings indeed. And, you're right, Alice is a gem!

Bethany - accidentally signed in as Paul, oops.

Aussie John said...

Eric,

Congratulations!

Enthusiastic amen to your comment to Bobby.

I've known many people in my lifetime, but, I've known only one Alice, my mother. Is it a much used name in the States?

Eric said...

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

John, the name Alice is not common. It is a family name. I like it because it is unique.

Steve Scott said...

Congratulations! One question: did you get married when you were six? You both certainly don't look old enough to have been married 20 years.

Eric said...

Steve,

Thanks! I was twenty when we were married. As for the looks, for some reason people say I look more like 30 than 40. Maybe I need to grow a beard again - like Brian Wilson.

Steve Scott said...

Eric,

I'm watching Brian Wilson pitch as I just read your comment! Struck out the Padres in the 10th. As for age, my wife and I consistently get 10 years subtracted.