On October 15, 1941, Helen Bartkus and Joseph Yadron began their married life together.
Their vows were very important to them and they lived them out as best they could. Some days, their vows were seen as a real joy. Some days, perhaps, those vows may have been a bit more difficult for them to live out. It is the same for anyone who is married.
And yet, throughout it all, they were married and everyone knew it. They were going to stay together because they committed themselves to one another in love and in a holy sacrament.
I could remember them often remarking about marriages that did not last. They always felt sad for the people who were separating from one another. Sometimes, when the people were better friends, they would be shocked and would feel awful. They could not imagine leaving their vows.
The world in which they were married was vastly different from our world today.
Today's people are loathe to commit to things. So many people look at others who were married for five years and they react as if they were married for fifty already.
They just cannot see how people can stay together because they are so used to walking away from anything that does not make them happy or feel fulfilled.
It causes all sorts of strife in our society.
The ripples of the break-up of the institution of marriage have been felt in many a life.
All I can say is this: I am so relieved that God does not give up on us.
God has committed Himself to us for life, forever, and He will not change His mind. He loved us yesterday, He loves us today, and He will love us into eternity.
And that is certainly all right by me.
If my parents would still be alive, they would be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary today. And I have no doubt that they would, indeed, be doing that because they would still be committed to one another.
Would they always be happy with one another? Probably not. They knew what buttons to push. But, then again, as I have already said, don't we all?
But I do know that they would be with one another and, together, they would be going to church to give thanks to God for the many blessings that they have received and would continue to receive.
I believe that is what kept them -- and what keeps so many marriages -- together: a common faith. And not just a common faith. But a common faith that is practiced on a daily basis.
That is why I am confident that they are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary together today. They are not celebrating here, because they have already been called to the Lord. They are celebrating at the wedding feast in heaven.
Party hearty, Mom and Dad. You deserve it!