On June 28, 1969, we married at our college church in a ceremony conducted by the groom’s father and assisted by the bride’s brother. The groom’s brother served as best man while another brother of the bride played the organ. The wedding couple sang a prayer on their knees — “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us.”
We separated November 1, 2011. A 42 year marriage does not fizzle overnight. It took 4.5 years to end. But end it did today — in a jury room with everyone complaining of the heat from the sun blazing through the west windows. For the first time since being in Canada the past few days, my body, which loves the Texas heat, found the room temperature comfortable.
We listened to the demise of a talented businessman who no longer has a helpmate eager to keep his personal and corporate books baked until well done. Which also means the alien wife finds her future lacking the luxuries of bygone years. But — as I keep saying — God is good! He looks after the birds of the fields; He will look after me.
I am sure these divorce veterans at the courthouse had not witnessed a divorce of friendly, loving people before. There was absolutely no animosity in the room (except for our lawyers a time or two). As we prepared to leave the room, one of the young ladies servicing our finale, complimented my speaking voice. I returned with, “If you like my voice, I will sing for you,” and I dove into the Carpenters’ song. . .
What do you get when you fall in love?
(as I walked toward him as he tried to move away, and the girls laughed!)
A guy with a pin to burst your bubble.
That’s what you get for all your trouble!
(and on cue, my singing partner of many years broke into tenor harmony)
I’ll never fall in love again,
No, I’ll never fall in love again.
(which brought a laugh from our audience.)
On my drive back to my friend’s house, I was in a singing mood and sang several songs beginning with “The Lord Is My Shepherd” (arranged by Thomas Matthews) which our soloist sang at our wedding.
Then I continued with other favorites of mine: “Blessed Assurance” and “How Great Is Our God.”