Tonight we celebrated a fifty year marriage that has withstood the test of time. Marriage is a partnership, a witness to the ups and downs of life, sustained through the worst of times and the best of times with love at the center; a love for one another and God. One of the gifts received tonight made me thoughtful of just what that means. This plaque described the way one loves through the varied decades of married life. Fifty years of marriage is 600 months of hugs, 2608 weeks of laughter, 18,262 days of patience and 438, 280 hours of love. That is the daylight hours, the awake months, the weeks and minutes that make up our daily lives. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT "Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." When we remember these verses, God’s guideposts for us, we are much more likely to be one of those whose marriage will withstand the test of time. Time filled with hugs, laughter, patience and love. Happily ever after, covered and sustained with God and lots and lots of faith, hope, and especially love.