The groom watched with weak eyes as his bride pulled back the yellowed wrapping paper. Inside they found a picture: A picture of them on their wedding day. They were sitting so close they were sharing the same air.
They turned the picture over and there were the instructions the women read to them on their wedding day but slightly changed.
Protect this marriage like a small child
When life gets crazy, hectic, and wild
Protect this marriage above all else
above ego, pride, and love of self
Protect this marriage- love’s beating heart
to its destruction have no part
Protect this marriage from evil and inclement weather
as long as it lives you shall stay together
The old groom looked up at is aged bride and in their eyes was understanding. They both knew that through the years of protecting this present they guarded their marriage. They sacrificed all but God for the safety of their marriage and they let no harm come to it.
They silently knew this is what kept them together. With that, the groom smiled and breathed his last shared breath with his bride.