Here’s to Renewal!
David and Lauren Blair really like getting married. Thankfully, it’s to each other. Maybe you’ve read about this Tennessee couple who recently renewed their marriage vows for the 99th time since they first got married in 1982. For their renewal last month they picked one of my favorite places, Hawaii.
Some people would call them strange. Some would laugh at them. Many of us would call that excessive. But for the Blairs it’s about continually being reminded and loving the feeling of being committed for life.
Recently Lauren said, “I love to look into David’s eyes as he is repeating his vows. I know that this man will love me until the day I die.”
Marriage is tough. I’m all for anyone who wants to celebrate the person they’ve committed their life to. We live in a society where committment is frequently undervalued, where footloose-and-fancy-free is played up as the norm. Publicly stating that you stand by the committment you made isn’t for the faint of heart.
I think the same can be said of our relationship with Christ. I find it’s very easy for me to talk about all the stuff that Jesus has done for me in the past. It’s easy to talk about how I first came to know Jesus. Both of those stories are of vital importance. Still, it’s even more important to talk about what Jesus “has done for me lately”, to borrow the cliche. For me to talk about how Jesus is working requires me to spend time with Him, and to constantly reaffirm my relationship with Him.
Regular renewal comes in the form of reading our Bibles. It comes in the form of prayer. It may even come in the form of a public recommittment from time to time. It doesn’t matter how we come, or where come, simply that we do come. We need that regular renewal of vows, so to speak, until the day when Jesus comes back for us. Then we’ll get to celebrate the greatest wedding of all time. That’s a celebration that lasts forever.
Until then, maybe the Blairs will invite us, all-expenses paid, to their next renewal ceremony — in Tahiti.