Today, on what would be my 20th wedding anniversary, I make mention of the vows we wrote and shared December 31, 1994. It wasn’t a first marriage for either of us, so we’d come together bringing wisdom gained from other relationships and knowing what was important.

I open my heart to tender caring,
Giving, sharing, trusting, yielding.

I promise not to question your needs.
I promise to seek your peace.
I promise to put your happiness first.
I promise to love you with all that I have,
All that I am, all that I can and will become.
For all time.

For it is in giving that I receive. And it is in helping you awake that I awaken.

I cherish you.
I want to endure all things with you.
I want to walk home to God with you.

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He did.

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