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Bringing It Home
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her. EPHESIANS 5:25
On Valentine’s Day 2005, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and his wife, Janet, restated and renewed their wedding vows along with 4,000 other couples gathered in Little Rock’s Alltel Arena. I had the privilege of performing the ceremony, which included husbands and wives of all ages and backgrounds, celebrating the lifelong commitment of covenant marriage.
One of the most touching stories of the night, however, happened not in the crowded arena, but in a nearby home where a couple was listening to the proceedings on the radio.
At one point, the husband became so moved by the significance of the moment that tears began to well in his eyes. Soon they were streaming down his face. His little son, surprised by what he was seeing, crawled into his father’s lap and asked, “What’s wrong? Why are you crying?” No explanation seemed to satisfy the young boy’s curiosity, so he kept asking his father,
“Why are you crying, Daddy?”
Finally, the man pulled his son up close and whispered something into his ear. The boy then crawled down quickly and ran to his mom, who was sitting across the room. He took her by the hand, looked into her eyes and explained,
“Daddy said he’s crying because he loves you so much.”
We have a generation of children today who desperately need to look into the eyes of Mom and Dad and see two people deeply in love with each other, committed to one another for life and honoring God in their relationship. If God has blessed your life with children, make sure your children know and see your love regularly. Make the marriage they see in you the same type of relationship they’ll want one day for themselves.
If your children were asked to describe your relationship, what would they say? Why not ask them.
Pray that your children see real love between two real people for a lifetime.