"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God" 1 John 4:7As Greg and I approach our wedding anniversary, fondly I reflect on the last four years. How have we grown in the last four years? Have we changed for the better?
This I learned just days after returning home from our honeymoon. I remember that first week, anticipating that we'd sit together, reading, singing hymns or watching a movie. It was with wonder that I watched him move from one project to another in our tiny, 600 square-foot apartment: cleaning the refrigerator, replacing the garbage disposal, cooking, and organizing closets and cupboards.
What did I do? I joined in, of course. Happily, we have spent many hours working and serving side-by-side ever since, sharing with others, enjoying ourselves completely and relishing the gift we have been given.
Tonight we made a homemade apple pie (a whole-food recipe -- look for it in the next post). Our fourth pie in less than two weeks. With gusto Greg jumped in, found a new recipe, milled the flour, and sliced and cored the apples.
Exactingly, I retrieved equipment and tools, refined measurements, and cleaned as we baked.
It worked beautifully and the outcome was far better than if either one had set out on his or her own.
It has been four years. By God's grace, we have grown softer, kinder, and more patient toward each other. We see more clearly how we complement each other. We have learned to delicately handle the others' weaknesses, and have discovered ways to help the other soar.
A verse comes to mind."Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart." Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
We thank and praise God for His faithfulness, goodness and care for us. His love is amazing!
Happy, and thankful.