When I'm Sixty-Four

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In what ways can you express your lifetime commitment to love your spouse today?

Let our people also learn to maintain good works. Titus 3:14

I recently caught myself humming a few bars of the old Beatles tune "When I'm Sixty-Four?' One of the lines in the song asks, "Will you still need me . . . when I'm sixty-four?"

That's something most married couples think about, isn't it? Will my spouse still want to be with me when my wrinkles are set in concrete and my hair is gray? Will my spouse still love me then and want to be around? Scary question, isn't it?

In a day and age when few things seem per­manent, when people change partners like they change shirts, we all wonder if love will last. Yet true intimacy is built on the commitment to love your spouse forever.

I am committed to Teresa forever, but that doesn't mean we haven't struggled. We've had our disagreements and have endured plenty of unlov­ing moments. When I haven't felt so loving toward Teresa, I've called upon my devotion to God. I returned home to work things out with her because of the commitment I made to Him on our wedding day. When my heart and my feelings have wavered, my devotion to God has restored my path.

God has called me to love Teresa. He's called me to maintain the "good works" of our marriage. There are times when I feel as if we've been married only thirty-five days, and there are times when I feel every one of the thirty-five years we've been together. But there's no one else on the earth who has an opportunity like mine. I plan to be married to Teresa when I'm sixty-four, and she feels the same way about me. What a blessing of devotion!

In what ways can you express your lifetime commitment to love your spouse today?

God, remind us of our call to love one another like You have loved us.

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