Marriage“So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
News broke over the weekend Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health and after a series of hospitalizations, she has decided not to seek further medical treatment. The Seattle Times published a nice article on George and Barbara Bush, a ‘storybook’ 73-year marriage - longest-married couple in presidential history. The article got me to thinking about loving for the long haul.
When you read the countless articles about the "Secrets To Staying Together" you will see many common responses from couples married over 50 years.
- Mutual Respect For One Another
- Never Stop Having Fun Together
- Nurture The Relationship
- Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
- Keep God First
- "D" is for Dedication Not Divorce
Every love story is different and there is no one recipe that fits all, but all definitely include a hefty dose of LOVE. For two people to find and hold on to their love for a half a century or more should renew your faith in love, and possibility of forever. Witnessing the longevity of love is an inspiration and testament the marriage convenant. All of our lives are a showcase of God's grace and glory.
Sending prayers and positive thoughts to the Bush Family during this time.