Ralph and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary a couple of years ago. Although we had been well aware that our marriage was reaching this milestone, we didn’t think about how to celebrate it until October turned into November. The problem was, we both felt so secure in our relationship that we forgot that we could enhance it by celebrating the success of it.
It’s true that any number of years (such as 1 or 39 and 41) is worth celebrating, and a year that ends with a zero has an artificial value imposed by our culture and perhaps by Hallmark Cards. But let’s face it, we need a culturally imposed reminder sometimes.
What is worth celebrating in your relationship? Every day there’s something to rejoice about. Even during rough patches in marriage. Give thanks for little things that happen in your relationship today and for the growth that takes time.
Ralph and I scurried to plan a party. We invited family and friends and enlisted the help of our daughter, Tammy, who came over with her laptop’s browser bookmarked to an online party supply store. Together we choose a color theme (I learned that the culturally-decided color for the 40th anniversary is ruby), then found matching paper plates and cups, decorations, and party favors. I had more fun than when I planned the reception of our actual wedding! Doing this with Tammy contributed to the joy of celebrating 40 years of marriage.
Afterward, Ralph fed us ice cream. And then the three of us looked at a slide show (an actual slide show with a real screen, which has yellowed over time, and an old slide projector) to revisit our first years of marriage while Tammy made selections that she’d print out and add to the party decorations.
That, too, was worth celebrating, and today I’m still thanking God for it.
- What can you celebrate in your relationship today?
- What has your beloved done recently that you can thank him/her for?
Strengthen your relationship:
List as many things as you can think of that’s worth celebrating in your relationship with your sweetheart. Then pray together, giving God thanks for each one.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries