So in the news I have seen several stories of couples who have been together for 40, 50, 60 years and more! If you just think about what they have seen together, the invention and advance of automobiles, computers that started out the size of a room now the size of book, 10-15 different presidents, decades of crazy fashion, and headlines that would shock and awe 50 years ago that are now common in everyday conversations. Its such a testimony to marriage and the endurance of true love, to stand by each other through it all.
Just a few weeks ago a couple from the church I grew in passed away within a few days of each other after being married for 60 plus years. How amazing would it be to have your love story end that way, to have a lifetime together and then only be apart for a couple days. There is a story written by Nicholas Sparks called The Notebook that's about a couple who withstand the test of time and share a love story with a similar ending. If you haven't read the book or seen the movie I highly recommend it. As for a real-life story, who wouldn't want that kind of relationship? So what makes a marriage endure for decades? One couple who is celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary and that was honored as the Longest Married Couple said "It's very simple. It's give and take and compromise." So perhaps the ones to learn from are the couples who have more than a tolerance for each other, its the ones who cherish each other above all!