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Today is the 40th anniversary of our marriage.

February 2nd, 2014 Posted in sermons

That is hard for me to believe,bbut it’s true.
I must tell you that Cathe is the most godly woman I have ever met.
She is my best friend and of course, “bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.”
I love her with all of my heart.
Here is a little something she wrote about me.
As you can see, she is a better writer then I am.

Cathe Laurie writes:

One ordinary day, over 40 years ago, when I thought I “never wanted to see your face again” (yes, I said that to your face and sadly, it wasn’t the last time I would say stupid things), you responded by mailing me a funny card. On the cover was the picture of that funny old Quaker Oats character and inside were written the words, “Nothing is better for me . . . than thee!” God only knows what you saw in that mouthy, argumentative 16-year-old. I guess you were holding onto hope that I’d grow up.

I have that old card somewhere, and I smile whenever I come across it because truly, I can’t think of a time when I’ve had a moment’s doubt you felt that way, and you loved me best. In the garden, God gave Eve to Adam, bone of his bone, and thousands of years after that first wedding, God showed up in 1974, when Greg took Cathe to be his wife.

And so we have grown up and grown together, closer with each passing year. God has lovingly stitched us together tightly with so many fine strong threads that it’s hard to remember anything but this life we share.

So what do you think—will you keep taking me, distracted, nitpicky, running late again? It might get really interesting (hopefully I won’t forget how to cook your favorite enchiladas). I’ll promise to keep taking you, all of you: loving, loyal, generous, crazy, wonderful, messy, but most of all, best of all, my fiercely God-loving man.

It’s been 40 years, so before I lose this train of thought, I want to catch this minute and hold it in my hands to savor . . . We are not the same people we were when Pastor Chuck pronounced, “Greg and Laurie, man and wife.” (We owe him a thank-you for the slip-up. We’ve gotten lots of laughs out of that one.) We won’t be the same people a year from now. But I’ll always be your Cathe and you will be my Greg, exclusively, amazingly, uniquely, forever, until that certain extraordinary day . . .

11 Responses to “Today is the 40th anniversary of our marriage.”

  1. Sara English says:

    God has TRULY given you two his insight to true love. I found myself wishing I had met you guys LONG BEFORE now. I listen to you on the Christian Satallite Network in Parsons Kansas and have learned more than I have in my 45 years of existance. May God bless you for your remaining years!

  2. Pam & Jim McBreen says:

    Congrats to both of you! Sadly, not many people now days can say 40 YEARS! We share the same anniversary

  3. Arely Macias says:

    That was so beautiful and touching. I pray that one day I will be sharing moments like this with my future husband.
    Thank you for your story, God Bless you Both!

  4. John Desens says:

    Congratulations Pastor Greg and Cathe on your 40th anniversary! Praise be to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for having his hands on you both throughout your marriage. We will continue to keep your marriage and ministry in prayer. Thank you for your prayers for us as well.

  5. Justine says:

    I almost teared up reading Cathe’s card to you. Praise the Lord for a couple that loves God most and then loves each other with that same sacrificial, real, messy and joyful love.

    Im praising the Lord for you two!
    Happy Anniversary!!!

  6. Rob says:

    Dear Cathe and Greg – Just like many exciting journeys … and our walk with the Lord it all starts with that one seemingly “ordinary day.”
    Congratulations on your 40th anniversary! You lead by example and show the World the importance of love, commitment and marriage.
    …and thank Greg we learned yet another benefit of Quaker Oats “for the heart” :)
    God bless you. Rob

  7. Ronisha says:

    Happy 40th anniversary. May God will continue to give you many blessings now and for eternity.

  8. Judy says:

    Happy 40th Anniversary, Pastor Greg and Cathe! You are an inspiration to everyone!

  9. Carl and Nelda Johnson says:

    Praying the love that brought you together and your love for the Lord will be the driving force behind the desire to reach countless more souls with the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We love you both without knowing you. We watch the Harvest services via Roku and love the messages and the worship, tremendously!! God bless you bountifully!
    With love in Christ, Carl and Nelda Johnson, Pineville, Louisiana

  10. timmy says:

    woooooow…God bless you man and wife, I catch up on your teachings on tbn and youtube…I really appreciate God for your marriage, I’m a new bride, been married for 5 months and going through some challenges in marriage which has been said to be normal as we are learning to adapt to married life, I pray that one day, on our 40th anniversary if Christ tarries and say these words to my husband…enjoy you day and happy anniversary!!!!!Timmy from London

  11. Toni Nord says:

    I know I feel 40 years is but a day with Jesus, and I am ever thankful that Greg preached that message that lead me on this fantastic journey. God is so faithful and I am so weak but he continually makes things right. Happy Anniversary, dear friends. My love for your ministry and your family has and always will be in the backround but ever faithful. May you have eternal friendship and joy at the coming of our Saviour. God bless you.

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