Thirty-seven years ago on this evening of December 26th I took Anita Ruth Siml to be my wife in a lovely candlelight ceremony in a Wheaton church. I cannot say that we have never struggled during our life together. Couples with any personality between them will struggle I am certain. I can say that we have no regrets about taking those vows and that we deeply love one another today even more than ever. In fact, living with one another, with our two children and two grandchildren still in this area, is really life at its very best in so many ways. We enjoy hanging out with each other, we like to talk and do so frequently throughout the day, especially since I work at home. And we do not feel compelled to demand too much of one another in our domestic and emotional life. Anita is as good a partner as I could have hoped for when I was twenty-one years old and each year makes me more convinced of this fact.

Our lives are fairly uncomplicated. Anita cares for her aged mother a great deal, gladly watches over our two grandchildren at the drop of a hat, and helps me in scores of ways to cope with my travels, teaching, writing and daily routines. She is consistently empathetic, patient and kind thus I am a very blessed man.

Marriage is "an honorable institution ordained by God." This covenant is one that plainly rewards all who honor it and keep it faithfully. I am not proud when I say this but I am very grateful today that we have both kept the marriage covenant faithfully for all these years. The fruit of that faithfulness is so sweet.

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  1. Michael W. Kruse December 26, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    Congrats to you Anita!

  2. Michael W. Kruse December 26, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    That was supposed to be “Congrats to you AND Anita!” But on second thought …. 🙂

  3. P. Andrew Sandlin December 27, 2007 at 3:46 am

    John, this is most beautiful because of its unpretentious realism. You and Anita know what a good marriage is.

  4. Nick Morgan January 1, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Congratulations John and Anita! I hope to get there someday too.

  5. ColtsFan January 8, 2008 at 3:27 am

    I greatly appreciated the article.
    As reflective Christians concerned about the future Bioethics explosion in the next 25 years (Transhumanism is on the way), I really think that biblically faithful Christian marriages will play a huge part in displaying Christ to a dying world.
    Specifically, the Bioethics explosion concerning Human Personhood only makes the essence of Christian marriage more relevant.

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