Dedication: Sweetheart Suite
This past November, my in-laws celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. As I was writing Sweetheart Suite and trying to decide who to dedicate the book to, I went through several ideas. With it being a Valentine’s Day book, my husband was an obvious choice. Or my parents or grandparents, both of whom have had long marriages. But when I thought about my in-laws and their celebration of a large milestone in marriage, it was obvious that I should dedicate it to them.
Duane and Bobbye Lyman are a wonderful example of a couple who meant what they said in their marriage vows. They’ve had good times and bad. They’ve had periods of sickness and periods of health. They’ve had money and they’ve had times when it was tight. In fifty years you go through a lot, and not all of it is pleasant or easy, but they stuck together and got through it.
In those tough times, it was their faith in God that got them through. They believed that He had a plan, that He was with them, and they have tried to live their lives to please Him. They’ve been faithful servants of God – from teaching in the nursery, to doing construction work on the church, to helping others with repairs or food or whatever else they needed. They’re the type of people who serve willingly, graciously, and nothing is beneath them. Recognition is not what they’re after – most people will never know all that they have done. All they want is to serve their Lord with all their heart.
And that is love.
Duane and Bobbye show their love for the Lord by serving Him. They show their love for their family by helping in any way they can. They show their love for others by being willing to do whatever needs done. Love is an action, and they know how to demonstrate love effectively.
Too often we think of love as roses and chocolates (and they’ve had plenty of that as well), but love is also working side by side. It’s sharing your faith and ministries. It’s standing by in the hard times as well as the good.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. (1 Corinthians 13:7-8a)
I’m so thankful for the example they have given to their four sons and their ten grandchildren. Their example is one of love being more than just pretty words, but actions as well. It’s an example of loving God so much that you can’t help but serve Him – and in any way He calls you, no matter how insignificant it may seem. Love is an action, and they live that out every single day.