Happy Twenty Fifth Anniversary to my Wife, a Gift From God Himself

I am blessed with 25 years of marriage to my sweetheart. Thank you Lord.

“He who finds  a wife finds  a good thing and  obtains favor  from the LORD” (Proverbs 18.22).

She is the most blessed wife; friend, confidant; counselor; mother; and joy of my heart. I have never known a wiser woman, a kinder woman, a more deeply spiritual, keenly sensitive person than my wife. I have never seen eyes so caring, or a voice so soothing, or arms so warmly caring. I have never known laughter so pure, or a cry so true. In joys and in sorrows, in sickness and in health, she has been faithful. She is not only my wife but my hero. I idolize her. I prize her. I lift her up to my son and say, “Marry a woman like your mother, Son, and you will do well. She is the model of the woman who you want to plead to God to be given.” She is a good wife, and has brought favor from the Lord.

Today, on our Twenty Fifth Anniversary, I honor her. I rise to call her blessed.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday’s

Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;

I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use

In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.


About Michael A. Milton, Ph.D.

Michael A. Milton, Ph.D., MPA (University of Wales; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), is an American Presbyterian pastor, theologian, and author.
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