Five Minute Friday … Beloved

Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. You might remember the task is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker ( who thought about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And she figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

So, the timer is set for five. The word for the week this week is BELOVED … so here goes. {clock starts now}

We didn’t write our wedding vows when Karen and I were married back in the dark ages. But I think if I had to, this is sort of what I would have said.

I, Joe, take thee, Karen, to be my lawfully wedded wife. I’m not going to promise to be perfect, but I will promise to always love you through the good times and the bad times. With God’s help, the good times will be plenty and the bad times short and scarce. I promise to always treat you with respect and never to take you for granted. I value your opinions and your thoughtfulness and your passion and your listening spirit. I promise to stand with you through anything that comes our way. I pray our life together is filled with health and wealth, but if it isn’t, know I will be there. I ask God to be the foundation of our marriage. With His help and acting together, nothing can ever defeat us, May He sustain STOP

To continue the thought … May He sustain us to a long, happy life together. I love you … yesterday … today … and all our tomorrows. Be loved always.

That was introspective and experiential. Looking back after Karen died, I certainly was not perfect, but I always loved her. And God was good. The good times were plenty and the bad times short and scarce. We were never materially wealthy and generally healthy, until cancer caught up with her. But even her suffering and death didn’t defeat us. It brought us closer. A 40 year marriage was quite an accomplishment and we both knew we had something special because we had help from above. Even after over four years, I love Karen yesterday … today … and look forward to our tomorrows. Be loved, my love … as I know I am.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER:  Get in the habit of filling your mind with praise and thanksgiving and expecting good things. When setbacks and disappointments occur, as they will, you will be conditioned and prepared to say, “I know God is about to turn this around. It may be difficult, but this, too, shall pass. It’s only temporary.”

About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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2 Responses to Five Minute Friday … Beloved

  1. Tanya M. says:

    What a wonderful sentiment to your bride, just beautiful. And I love your thought for the week. I’m taking it to heart. Visiting from FMF, linked up after you. Blessings! 🙂

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