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My husband and I just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary, and we've been amazed at how many people have asked us how we did it. They say they can't imagine being married to the same person for that long. Is marriage on the way out?


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Congratulations! God has blessed you by giving you to each other for so many years, and I pray the years ahead will be even happier than the ones you’ve already experienced. My wife, Ruth, and I were married for almost 64 years—and we grew even more in love as the years went by.

I certainly hope marriage isn’t on the way out in our society (although sometimes I wonder), because God gave marriage to us, and He meant for it to be a source of joy and stability and strength. And it will be, when a husband and wife put God first in their lives and make Him the foundation of their marriage. God has given us His pattern for marriage in His Word: “A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife. … So they are no longer two, but one” (Mark 10:7-8).

A good marriage isn’t a question of physical attraction or compatible personalities. These have their place, but most of all a good marriage is based on commitment—commitment to each other, and commitment to God. Emotions come and go; physical attraction fades; differences can flare into anger and conflict.

But when we know Christ, we know that true love involves a commitment to do what is best for the other person. It’s an act of the will—and a gift from God. Thank God every day for His grace in your lives—and for hope that extends beyond the grave.

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17 Comments

  1. Varage Vagi says:

    Please send me daily devotions

  2. Mrs Ronald (Bettty) Miller says:

    We will be married 61 years this Feb. 18,2017. We meet on a blind date and I was not to sure of him after a few dates. After not seeing each other for about 6 months, we got together again and this time after a few dates, I was sure I would like to marry him but, Ron was not so sure at first, but he came around then. So after over 60 years of marriage, we still enjoy each other as well as love God and each other.

  3. Arne and Kathy Ovall says:

    We have been married 55 years now. We were saved at the Billy Graham Crusade in Chicago in 1962. God is good. We have 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. We feel so loved and blessed.

  4. Mittie Smith says:

    Thank you for sharing Billy & Ruth Graham’s great love story & commitment to God. It would be nice if you posted Franklin Graham’s marriage story.

  5. Allan Dobson says:

    It is wonderful to hear from Dr, Graham. He is the living, modern day John The Baptist. Second only to Dr. Graham is his son Franklin

  6. Steadman White says:

    My wife and I have been married 59 years. I was 19 and she was 18. Everybody kept waiting for us to fail. We found early on that it took a lot of work, a lot of give and take, a lot of talking, and trust in GOD. We were married 10 years before our first of two sons were born. (They have both been married over 25 years as well) I would not know what to do with out my wife. She truly is my better half (I still have the last word in a “discussion” – YES DEAR!)

  7. Greg Krueger says:

    My wife balances me. We’ll celebrate our 30th anniversary this year. We are imperfect beings. She has strengths; I complete her in other areas. Patience and understanding is key.

  8. Eleanor. Mae Marshel says:

    I lost my dear husband in August 2015. We would have been married 57 years in October of that year. He was a wonderful husband and father. I think of him every day and look forward to being with him and our Heavenly Father.

  9. Ellen Bronne says:

    May God bless you both all the way, and I hope to see you one day, I live in Suriname, South_America

  10. Forrest says:

    My wife of almost 49 years and I also get asked this question. Our answer is “It takes a lot of work.” When we first met over 50 years ago, she was so wonderful that I never wanted to do anything that would ever make her think any less of me, and I still don’t. To say I was smitten would be too mild. I remain smitten by this wonderful person I am convinced God created for me to love and to cherish, to dream dreams and spend my life with. We met at a YFC rally. God brought us together. God keeps us together. And God has been at the center every day. Praise His name.

    1. Holly Reyes says:

      Blessings Forest to you and your wife. It is encouraging to know that God has been the center of your love for each other!

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