Tomorrow my father-in-law will face his first wedding anniversary without his spouse at his side.
My in-laws said their wedding vows on August 3rd sixty-seven years ago. They chose a small church service (tiny, by today's standards) on Sunday morning before Sunday School. From the beginning, their faith played a key role in their marriage.
Together Willis and Helen raised four strong, hard-working children who love Jesus. (I'm married to the youngest.) Together my in-laws nourished friendships, tackled home improvement projects, and served widows and families in need. Together they endured conflicts among their relatives, on the job, and sometimes in their own marriage. Together they coped with discouragement and disappointments, lean finances and long hours. Together they buried four parents and ten siblings. Together they battled cancer and dementia, first with Helen's mom and then with Helen herself.
Together was the way my in-laws did life.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says we're blessed when we can tackle life with someone at our side—with a spouse or sibling or friend, because two are better and stronger than one.
Though Helen is gone, Willis will not be alone on August 3rd. He will spend this anniversary weekend with a daughter and son-in-law, with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Facing the hard things together. According to Willis and Helen, it's the Savage family way.
Friday – August 1, 2014