February 28, 2019

Poem: Marriage Through the Years

I wrote this poem for my husband, Timothy. We have been together 40 years. Married for 39 years.
So many hard days and happy days. Without God there would have never have been a marriage.
Without God we would be nothing and have nothing.
Only God can help two diverse people become one.
It is a difficult process, yet so worth the trouble. I pray that when you think it is over and you feel misunderstood that you will ask God for His peace that passes all understanding and His wisdom to guide your choices. There were so many times one or both of us wanted to quit.
To take our flesh and our feelings and leave. Yet each time over the years God would grant us the grace to forgive one another and grant another layer of maturity to cover our human failures.
I want to encourage you that there is a ripening of young love that can astonish you with its beauty if you will nuture it in God's presence.


Marriage Through the Years

The path lies before us. A gentle curve to the right, into the distance.
Where will we go from here?

We wandered, this boy man and I, over rocks
and through thickets of emotional splendor.

Leafy limbed we grabbed each branch
and swung with wild abandon.

Our youthful lust driving us ever onward.
A pulsating staccato beat that demanded more.
Always more.

Single file we had walked a narrow path together,
yet separate.

As we aged, the path opened and fingers twined,
kisses taken at the edge of loves grapevine.

We drank deeply and held one another
as we looked for the horizon.

Mountains behind us, hills ahead.
Whispered directions as we joined heads.

For two are better than one
as God has said.

The path lies before us, a gentle curve to the right into the distance.
Where will we go from here?

© 2018 Debbie Turner Chavers

Matthew 19 :4-6
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Genesis 2:22-25
And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they both were naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

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