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Vows

I never used to cry at weddings, but lately, I choke up every time--especially while the bride and groom are exchanging vows. The words "richer or poorer, sickness or health, and 'til death do we part," used to be ordinary words to me. 

The word "cancer" changed that.

There has always been a lot of love in our home. We've always had a strong marriage, but something's changed. To be honest with you, I really didn't know the meaning of our wedding vows until Susan showed me what they meant. 

She was a rock. When my faith flickered, her's burned strong. When I was drowning in doubt and hopeless, she was my life raft. She couldn't take the cancer and subsequent complications away, all she could do was go through the trial with me. And she did.

With Susan, it truly was love at first sight. She was, and is, the most beautiful woman I've ever met. When I look at her, eighteen years into our marriage, I still see her amazing beauty, but I see something more. Something that I couldn't see on our wedding day. I can still see the trembling bride that repeated her vows to me, but I see so much more now. I see the strength of a woman who meant what she said when she said her vows.

Though I'm not glad I got cancer and had three surgeries in 12 months, I am grateful for what the suffering taught me about love. How can I ever repay Susan for the love she's shown me?

By keeping my vows.

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