1 Peter 4:8, “ Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. “
Today, November 24th, 2014 is a very special day for my parents. This day marks forty-nine years of marriage for them. It seems like such a rarity in our society today to hear about a husband and wife lasting that long in marriage togther.
I was talking with my dad this morning. He shared with me that this day 49 years ago was a Wednesday. He and mother got married at the preacher’s house at 8:00pm that night. My papaw ( my mom’s dad ) and his brother came and woke them up at 8:00am the next morning. It was Thanksgiving and my papaw wanted to make sure they made it to Thanksgiving dinner that day. I thought that was pretty funny, to be woken up by your new father-in-law the next morning after your honeymoon.
I think 1 Peter 4:8 really says so much about marriage in just a few simple words. “Keep loving one another” is something that has never been absent in my parents marriage. I have seen my parents love each other every day since I have been alive. Throughout the years I can remember our family going through difficult times like most families do at some point with job stress, financial stress, not enough time during the day to get everything done, and just so many things that everyday life can throw at a family. I can honestly say that I never witnessed the absence of love between my mom and dad even through those trials of life. It has always been there, and they have continued to “keep loving one another”. For that I am grateful! They also did it “earnestly” or fervently as 1 Peter points out to us.
What a powerful statement in this verse when Peter writes, “love covers a multitude of sins”. Wow! That shows us just how strong that true, real, genuine, authentic love really is. It is so strong that it covers the greatest mistakes, mishaps, and misjudgments that occur, even in marriage. My parents are not perfect people, or the perfect couple but they have got to be the greatest example that I have ever witnessed in a husband and wife loving one another. I know there have been times they have frustrated one another, argued with each other and disagreed. However, they have always backed one another up, and I can tell you that my sister and me have never had to worry about one of them walking out on the other one. I am blessed because that’s a fear I never had to experience as a child or even as an adult child of my parents. Love for one another covers a myriad of faults!
So, on this day, I want to thank my parents for being awesome parents to me and my sister. I want to thank them for the wonderful example they have been to us. They have shown me how to be a good husband to my wife, and taught my sister how to be an awesome wife to my brother-in-law. Thank you mom and dad, and Happy Anniversary! To our Lord Jesus, I want to thank You for letting me be my parents child, and for giving me the strength and security of a stable family. I pray I will never take that for granted, because that is something many in this world are not fortunate to have. Today, I celebrate with my parents as I count the blessing they have been and are to me, my sister and so many others.