The ONE THING for today

Happily Incompatible

  • Leviticus 22:29 (NKJV) And when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, offer it of your own free will. 

As far as I can remember, today is the first thanksgiving since Sonja and I have been married (35-years and counting) that we have not been together on Thanksgiving Day.  Tonight she is in Michigan with her two sisters and mother and I am in Walhalla with my parents.  It was just one of those years that we couldn’t connect all the dots and be everywhere for everyone.

Happily incompatible

Happily incompatible

If there is any silver lining, it reminds me of the truth behind the express: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

At the top of the list of all the earthly blessings that God has provided for me, Sonja is at the top of the list.  35 years of marriage to the same person is an ever-increasing rarity in our day.  Someone asked me the other day what our secret was; that’s a touch question to answer.  But if I had to give an answer perhaps the fact that we have been “happily incompatible” all these years is as good an answer as any.

I see so many couples that are unhappy with each other.  They have these long lists of all the things that other person ought to change (just for them).  Why not let Thanksgiving be a day that you just thank God you have each other.

There’s no doubt about it (Sonja and I both agree) I was a pretty sorry husband when we first were married.  Sonja always says that one of the benefits of us marrying young was that by the time she figured that out I had grown up and had turned into a pretty decent husband.

As we enter that special time of the year that we call the “Holiday Season” it is a reminder of how precious family and friends truly are.  No doubt some that will read this blog are going through their first Thanksgiving without a loved one  joining them for the Thanksgiving meal.  Eternity, not many miles, separates them from their loved one tonight; if we could ask them I bet they’d agree with me: being “happily incompatible” is not a bad way to do life together.

 

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