Today I wish a happy anniversary to my partner in joy, my sidekick in suffering, and my catalyst for moving forward! At our wedding, I promised her that I would keep her “safe, secure, and on the edge of adventure.” She chides me that I have done best at keeping her on the edge of adventure. When I reflect on our relationship, I realize that although we have much in common, our differences have strengthened our marriage as each of us shores up the other’s weaker areas. Both the book of Genesis and Jesus noted how two genders come together in marriage to form a stronger union. In Genesis 2, it is only after the woman’s creation that Adam has a helper fit, or suitable, for him. So today, while I thank God for this woman who makes me stronger, I pray that we will continue to grow in love as we submit to one another out of reverence for Christ and sacrifice our selfish desires to serve our common interest and the will of God (Ephesians 5:21-33). Meanwhile, as we continue to teeter on the edge of adventure, I hope that Morrisa will sense safety and security as we blaze our trail forward.
O God who unites, thank you for creating the concept of marriage. The idea that creatures so different may build on their commonalities a stable union staggers our imagination at times, but we learn through submission to you and to one another how we may prevail together. Grant us the humility to let our spouse care for us when we are weak. Give us courage and strength to step up and do our part when the other falters. Open our eyes so that we may see the promise of joy in each adventure we share, until finally we sit safe and secure at your side. Thank you for my wife and the story we are writing together with our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.