A diamond anniversary. The diamond is the hardest substance found in nature. The ancient Greeks called the gemstone adamas, using the same word they used for any unbreakable or indestructible substance, or anything unmovable. In time, adamas gave us the word adamant meaning “firmly fixed or decided”.
When Tom and Louise were married on August 13, 1957, they said their vows. They vowed to remain together until death do us part, through good times and bad, sickness and in health, and in poverty or wealth. On that wedding day, over 60 years ago, they never imagined how their vows would be played out in their God love story, but we are all here today to witness and honor their unbreakable, firmly fixed, and decided marriage commitment.
God’s word tells us to
“Honor marriage above all else…” that
“A man who has found a wife has found a good thing”, and that a
“Woman who has a husband who loves her as Christ loves the church is blessed”.
My dad singing Beauty Lies in the Eye of the Beholder by Ray Price to my mom:
Mom and dad, we want to say, thank you for every time you maybe wanted to leave you stayed. You are adamant about your marriage commitment. One of our favorite stories is from Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth. She said to the first lady, Barbara Bush,
In 2006 Barbara noted that Ruth had once been asked whether, as a Christian, she had ever contemplated divorce. Barbara explained, “Her answer, was, ‘Divorce? No. Murder? Yes.'” Added Barbara, “I could understand that.” (The full article on Ruth from TIME magazine is a great read: http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1633197,00.html)
We idolize the Billys and Ruths of the world but please remember this—all marriages struggle but it’s the couple that remains together that truly symbolizes the diamond.
A diamond is found “in the rough”. It’s the couple who recognizes the potential of this unpolished “rock” and is willing to work hard to create the beauty of the diamond.
The original, raw, state, with work and time, becomes a high-quality jewel–a diamond. Perhaps that is one of the reasons we love a diamond engagement ring. It’s the promise of things to come if we truly honor our marriage commitment. The Jewish faith believes wholeheartedly that marriage is a covenant in which we learn how to become more like God–Holy. No other institution created by God gives you the platform to grow in forgiveness, long suffering, mercy, patience, and humility. Your marriage can be the very representation of God’s glory and love!
Thank you for honoring God in your marriage and showing us a marriage built on God’s love and grace.
Thank you for endless support, love, and prayers that are the reasons we are here today and can honor you.
(Photos in this slide show are from professional photographer, Chrissy Fukushima: http://simplewildlove.pass.us/lloyd60th/)
Tom and Louise Lloyd your marriage –your unbreakable, diamond marriage is a testimony to all of us. Thank you, and we love you.
Your precious grand-children and great-grandchildren honor you and learn from you.
We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders. Psalm 78:4
Ray Price, Beauty Lies in the Eye of the Beholder: