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By W. Jay Tyree
College Hill Church of Christ 

Spiritually Speaking



January 12, 2018

January 9th is a very important day. On January 9, 1984, Becky stood in front of our good friend, John Brown, and agreed to stay with me “until death do us part.” So far, so good. Tuesday was our 34th anniversary and she has yet to “part” me. I have no doubt that the thought has crossed her mind, but she has more patience than good sense. But there’s more! She has assured me, on more than one occasion, that if I “go first” she has no intention of getting married again. Sorry fellas – running over me in the crosswalk won’t get you any closer to the prize.

In retrospect, I might have been better off not asking the obvious question: “Why would you never consider getting remarried?” There are two obvious possibilities that would have distinctly different effects on my ego. On the one hand, she might say, “I love you so much and you have been such an amazing husband, I can’t imagine lowering myself to marry some loser who could never fill your matrimonial shoes.” (If I was writing the scene, that’s certainly the way it would look.) However, the other possibility is not nearly so desirable and seems at least somewhat likely. She might just say, “I’ve only remained faithful because I promised God that I would, all those years ago. Since then, I’ve made Him another promise – If you’ll get me out of this mess, I promise not to make the same mistake twice!”

Do you remember the day you said “I will” to the creator of the universe? Can you recall the occasion when you realized that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords wanted to share His love with you – to be your forever spouse? In both the Old and New Testaments, first God and later the Messiah is pictured as the eternal suitor, offering gifts and affection for “whosoever will.” Perhaps you celebrate your spiritual birthday the way Becky and I mark the time of our marriage. It does us all good to remember that the one who called us is faithful – and He deserves no less from you and me.

See you Sunday.


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