Today I look back on 16 years of marriage and I honestly cannot imagine any greater gift that my husband has given me.. 16 years of honoring his vows. He saw in me what I couldn’t see in myself.. he saw in me what only Jesus could see.. He displayed patience & kindness, truth and grace.. He protected, defended, and loved even when it cost him and hurt. Here we are today. After new births, new houses, great losses, new jobs, God’s love to us has endured. Marriage is a covenant with God where we vow a selfless love not only for today but also for tomorrow. Marriage is a symbol of God’s love.. It is a selfless & sacrificing lifetime commitment. Marriage does not take from the other but seeks to lift up the other. It is not a business deal of what I can gain from this union. Marriage is not about me. Marriage is holy, it is humbling, it is beautiful, it is a gift. I am grateful that my husband has shared this gift with me because I am forever changed by it. I am truer, deeper, more authentic and forever changed by his love & devotion for me and it brought me to a deeper relationship with my Lord because I could not do it without the enduring love of my Lord.