1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
During modern times when we see and hear so much about infidelity and lack of love in marriages, it is refreshing to see a couple who endured the hard knocks of life and remained faithful to each other. And it’s unusual for a husband and wife to observe
sixty years of marriage; so I want to introduce you to James and Martha Williams.
They were born during the early1920’s and grew up and married during depression years; therefore they knew what life was like living on a meager income, but they survived. Then during the early 1940’s James was inducted into the United States Air Force, where he served three years. Much of that time James served overseas
but the couple corresponded regularly and remained faithful to each other.
James and Martha were Christians and though their separation was difficult, finally after three years James returned home and they picked up the pieces of their lives and life continued. Soon they opened a small business and the income was sufficient that Martha could remain at home and be a homemaker and mother to their two children. She also was involved in some ministries of the church where they were members and where James served as a deacon and General Sunday school director.
They were not wealthy, but had begun tithing after the opening of their business, and God had richly blessed their lives. After James retired, he had more time to serve His Lord including going on a few mission trips. Currently they are in their nineties and limited in ways they can serve God, but remain faithful to Him and their church.
Father, what a joy to see elderly couples still serving You and showing love and devotion to each other. Many of us will never be wealthy or famous, but when we have love in our hearts, we can be faithful and I know You will reward faithfulness.
I praise and thank You in Jesus’ Name. Amen.