by Roger Thomas

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Season of the Family
Roger Thomas
Ephesians 5:15-33
June 1, 2003

Today our Season of the Family turns the spotlight on marriage. Today I want to share with you the stories of some marriages that we can all learn from. I have been trying to compile a list of couples in the church who have been married for fifty years or more. I know of about a dozen. I may have missed a few. I have asked these couples to sit down front today, so we can recognize and honor them. None of them really wanted to be in the spotlight like this. But I have asked them to venture a bit outside their comfort zones because these accomplishments deserve our honor and respect. I have talked to several of these couples in order to learn a bit more of their stories. I want to share some of the highlights.

Before I get into their stories let me assure you that none of them are anything like the couples that sisters Ann Landers and Abby VanBuren sited when asked about the strangest letters they ever received about marriage. Dear Abby said the most unusual letter she ever read was from a lady who wrote, "My husband burns the hair out of his nose with a lighted match; and he thinks I'm crazy because I voted for Goldwater!" Ann Landers said she received a letter from a wife who claimed that her husband hid her dentures so she couldn't go out and vote for a republican. When the reporter asked for more details she refused to disclose the identity of the couple. She just muttered something about a barber in Audrain County, Missouri. Not really!

I am confident that none of our couples ever made Dear Abby's column. At least, if they did they wouldn't tell me about it. Our couples are more like the grandparents described by a group of six to eight year olds who were asked to explain love. Rebecca, age eight, observed, "When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore, so my grandfather does it for her all the t ...

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