Today, my mom and dad celebrate 49 years of wedded bliss. Some couples are cute together. Others complete one another. But rarely do you have the privilege of seeing two people who seem so perfectly well-suited for one another than Richard and Liz Porter, my parents.
They met while my dad served in the U.S. Navy. The ship he served on stopped in Jacksonville, Florida, and each sailor received an invitation for Sunday dinner with one of the families at Avondale Baptist Church.
I’m sure Ellis and Alma Bentley, my maternal grandparents, had no idea that the hulking sailor (and former offensive lineman for SMU) they invited home for fried chicken (what else?!) would soon be their son-in-law.
My parents know what it takes to make a marriage last—sacrifice, humility, unselfishness, care, and unconditional love. They, along with my in-laws, Ron and Carolyn Wilson (who’ve been married nearly 53 years), instilled those values in Bret and me, and we’re grateful for their tutelage. They epitomize the love Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 13, familiar words so often recited in wedding ceremonies.
They’ll get to celebrate this milestone with lots of family around. Being married so close to Christmas usually guarantees that! But they don’t mind. They’re happy to share. That’s one of their secrets to a successful marriage.
So, Mom and Dad, thanks for being that wonderful example. Thanks for instilling values in us—like faithfulness, caring, trust. And thanks for continuing to treat each other with love and respect.
Happy 49th Anniversary!