Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. (Song 8:7)

AMONG OUR FRIENDS, Greg and Shannon are the couple most likely to kiss. From the time they were married, they were the ones holding hands and smooching at every chance. It became a friendly joke to see if we could get them to kiss by getting them to agree on something. They never disappointed. After ten years, they still held hands. After twenty years, they still smooched at every opportunity. Now, at nearly thirty years of marriage, they still show affection that is as true today as it was in those early days of their love.

Today there is an added depth to Shannon and Greg’s relationship. We were all sure that time would diminish their displays of affection. Instead, what time did parallels today’s Scriptures. Yes, Shannon would have said in early marriage that she “loved to sit in his shade.” But today, they are a testimony to the truth that “many waters cannot quench love.” Their passion has given way to the promise of deep abiding love.

God has designed a marvelous plan for married love. Passion is a part of it. Displays of affection have their place. But God’s promise for those who persevere is a love that is a smoldering fire . . . commitment that will not be overcome by things that threaten to end it.

And God loves to keep His promises.

Choose today to allow God to help you keep the fire burning.

Annie Wamberg lives in Colorado Springs. An empty-nester, Annie has plunged back into singing. When not sleeping, Annie runs a cleaning business.