Sharing my life with you has been an honor and a delight. I’d marry you all over again. Thank you for being my rock, my protector, my best friend, my bubble tea lover and the best daddy in the world to our precious family.
But most importantly, thank you for saying that you’ve never regretted marrying me because of my illness. That statement has covered a mulitude of insecurities.
The devotional below was in my inbox not too long ago. I thought it beautifully gave a visual to what you have done for me as a noble husband.
Here’s to a long and adventurous road ahead. I can’t imagine traveling it with anyone but you by my side.
The following devotional is from Family Life:
Live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman.
1 Peter 3:7
Each fall, a ski resort in Maine hosts an event that is little known to the rest of the nation: the North American Wife Carrying Championship. To compete, husbands transport their wives through a hilly, 278-yard obstacle course that includes a 20-foot trough of water and 2 log hurdles. They can carry their wives in whatever way suits their running style—piggyback, fireman’s carry or the more popular “Estonian” method, with the wife upside down across his back, legs crossed around his neck, arms held around his waist. The only enforceable rule is that she not touch the ground.
Ex-Olympians are sometimes among the contestants, while others are probably just there hoping for the first prize: the wife’s weight in beer, plus five times her weight in cash and a thousand-dollar voucher toward a trip to the World Wife-Carrying Championship in Finland. (I’m serious.)
Admittedly, this event sounds a bit crude and primitive. But there is nothing archaic about a wife needing her husband to carry her sometimes—to be her strength during a tough stretch of circumstances, to stand with her in prayer, to be the broad shoulders she leans on when life gets heavy.
Husbands, be there for your wife. Listen. Care. And if need be, carry her.
And, wives, don’t try to do it all by yourself. Lean on your husband. Let him help you. God will give him the strength. We need to be there for each other.