My Dearest Wife:
Here we are about to celebrate our 40th anniversary. As I was looking at the picture of us together in the car just after our wedding, I was struck by how lovely you looked as I put my arms around you to try and keep you warm on that cold February day so many years ago. It also made me think of our life together; where we have been, where we are going.
Even though we are old now, your picture warms my heart and makes me feel young. It also reminds me that there is more to beauty than a pretty face. When I look at you dear, I see a beauty of soul that will last across time and eternity. Even though the world grows cold, our love will keep us warm, as we grow old.
In times long past, we used to ask, why God brought us together; for we certainly had our share of problems. But, as a priest once told me, it just might be that God brought us together because we were the only one’s who could get each other to Heaven. And so I feel that the life we had must have been God’s plan for us; just as He continues to guide our path now.
Sometimes when one finds a treasure, its worth is not immediately realized. Only through the passing of time do we learn it’s true value. So too, can it be in marriage. Yes, as I said, we had a rough time of it in our younger days, but I am thankful for what we have and where we are today. I know we still have our petty squabbles and disagreements, but as we grow old, let us be content knowing that we have something that most of the world does not have. We have each other, we have the Faith, we have the Truth, which will someday lead us to Heaven.
In time my love, you and I will be, for our children, only a memory. But in the life we lived, and the love we shared, let us leave, them, and the few others who may remember us, an example of what true love and commitment is all about. Let us spend the years we have left doing as much good as we can, for the world is surely in need of what is good.
And lest the thought that someday we must part, bring sadness to our heart, let us remember that only for a moment will our hearts be still. For soon will come that glorious morn, when the light of Christ, all Heaven shall adorn. Upon the clouds we’ll meet again, in sweet embrace, where every tear and sadness shall be erased. And only then will I truly know, what a great and wondrous gift, of you, God gave to me, when once I was your husband, long, long ago.
And so my love, on the eve of our 40th anniversary, I send you all my love. I know I have many shortcomings, but with your help and understanding I will try to improve, because I feel that the closer we are together, the more good we can accomplish together.
With all my love to you my wife