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"Anniversary Thoughts: Companionship"

June 26, 2004

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The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18

I’m preparing to take my wife out for dinner on our wedding anniversary. Memories flood my mind as I treasure our time together. “It is not good for the man to be alone.” I remember lonely nights before I met her, times when I wondered whether God would provide a wife for me.

“I will make a helper suitable for him.” What a delight to meet her on that spring banquet weekend at college! Three years of daily letters flowed, because we lived in different states. Communication flowed as we learned to know each other, our interests, values, common faith, family backgrounds, and dreams for the future. We rejoiced that by God’s grace we completed each other.

We stood together at the altar and promised to be faithful. We began our journey together – new job, moving from school to church, the birth of children, more moves as pastor from church to church. Struggles. Challenges. Adjustments. Disagreements. But always companionship. Three children born. Ages and stages. Still companionship.

God deserves all praise and honor as we celebrate our anniversary together. He made us as unique individuals. He brought each of us into His kingdom through Holy Baptism. He brought us together. He forgives our sins when we strain the marriage relationship. He constantly reminds us of His Son Jesus Christ, who died for us. God is our Companion, though undeserved by us. Therefore we enjoy each other’s companionship as we seek God’s continuing purpose for our life together.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for blessing us with happy homes and loving spouses. We give you all the praise and glory. Amen.

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