Friday, October 03, 2008


From TODAY, Voices
Tuesday September 30, 2008

By Dr James Dobson

When you consider the many pressures that couples face today, nothing short of an ironclad determination is going to hold them together when the hard times come. And the hard times will come, as we all know.

I’m reminded of my friends, Keith and Mary Korstjens, who have been married now for more than 40 years. Shortly after their honeymoon, Mary was stricken with polio and became a quadriplegic.

Nevertheless, Keith never wavered in his commitment to Mary.

Keith could have divorced Mary in 1957 and looked for a new and healthier wife, but he never even considered it. Many of the reasons people give for bailing out on a relationship today are pretty flimsy by comparison.

But remember what the marriage vows say: “For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, from this day forward till death do us part.”

Keith and Mary Korstjens meant those words when they said them back in 1957. If you choose to marry, I hope you’ll take them just as seriously.
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