Twenty-five years of marriage is a long time these days, and I admire her and her husband for seeing it through, together, in a world when so many couples just don't bother to fight when the going gets tough. There will be a service at the little Norman church in her village in England's West Country, at which she and her husband will renew their vows in preparation for the next 25 years. They have done me the honour of asking me to read the lesson. Given my marital record, I'm not entirely sure the request wasn't either ironic or didactic, or, knowing her, a little bit of both:
“As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
"...clothe yourselves with love...and be thankful". Amen.
And my hearty congratulations to C & N : May we all have the pleasure of coming back to celebrate your Golden Wedding when the time comes.