32 years ago today, Jen and I threw our lives in together, in front of God and everybody, in Holy Matrimony (although the tangibility of said holiness has been more in evidence at some times than others) (*sigh*).
I can say, in all honesty and sincerity, that, over 32 years of marriage, our union has come to a place I had no inkling of at the outset, a depth and richness my 24-year-old self never imagined. I have been challenged to my very core, and had things called out of me that I hadn't known were there to be called out. Being a husband and father has made me a man, and called me out of my youthful immaturity in all manner of ways I never saw coming at the time. (We occasionally give a talk on Marriage at our church, and we've often made the point that our children help make us holy; many people only need two or three children in order to get holy, but we're a harder case. . .)
So, thank you, My Beloved, My Life-Mate, My Partner, My Closest Friend, The Mother of My Children, My Wife. If the last 32 years have brought us to a place we never imagined, what will the coming years bring us? As they say in Narnia, "Further Up and Further In!"