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An old lady had been married for many years when her husband died. On his tombstone she put the following words, “THE LIGHT 0F MY LIFE HAS GONE 0UT.”  Soon afterwards, she met, fell in love with and married another man.  After thinking for awhile, she went to the monument-maker and had him add this to the tombstone, “THE LIGHT OF MY LIFE HAS GONE OUT. P.S.- I FOUND A MATCH.” I found my match 25 years ago on November 8, 1976. She had blue eyes, brown hair, the prettiest face and sweetest smile I had ever seen, and she was bent on going to Heaven! Twenty-five years, two kids, two dogs, and four states later, her eyes are still blue, her hair is now brown and gray (she's been living with me for 25 years!), her face is still pretty, her smile still sweet, and she is still bent on going to Heaven! My life and the lives of hundreds of others have been blessed because of my Donna! Proverbs 18:22 sums up the sentiments of my heart after 25 years with her, "He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORI)." Next to forgiving my sins and saving my soul when I received Christ and obeyed His gospel almost 30 years ago, the greatest favor God ever did for me was bringing this beautiful Christian woman into my life.  I'm glad I found my match!

My heart goes out to those who are in unhappy and/or broken marriages. I know life can get pretty complicated at times, and I don't want to trivialize what truly are serious and grievous problems. But Harry Emerson Fosdick was right when he observed, "It is not marriage that fails, it is people that fail." Married mates don't end up in divorce court because they are "incompatible." Those who have worked through 10 or 20 or 30 or 40 or 50 or 60 years of marriage know better. There is no "perfect marriage" and there are no "perfect pairs" or magic formulas. Long and lasting marriages come about because husbands and wives learn to give as well as take. "Incompatible" can and often is a cover up for plain old selfishness. Ken Jones made a colorful but convicting statement when he said, "When you have two people and they both want to enter a marriage for what they can GET out of it, what you have is two ticks and no dog." The key to a happy marriage is as much in being the right kind of person as in finding the right kind of person. When husbands and wives love each other with a Godlike kind of love, they always make a good match. God will help us find our match, but He calls on us to keep it burning! I'm glad I found my match! I hope you've found your's, too.

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ