Why Be Married? Because Loving Feels Good
Have you even taken your husband or wife for a scary medical test or for surgery, chemo, or radiation? These are some of the longest days in a marriage, especially if you must sit in a waiting room, alone, wondering what's happening.
Usually, it's a relief just to get through the day, but it will be days or weeks before you know what's really happening and how much danger your life partner faces and how your life could change.
Several of my friends are dealing with this right now. It always takes me back to the days of doing this for my first husband, who was gravely ill or possibly gravely ill on so many occasions.
First, I remember my fears and my sense of helplessness. But then I remember something else, that great feeling of just being there for someone I loved. That "for better or worse" promise suddenly hits home. You grow up a little. You discover your strength. You renew your love. And then you let that strength and love shine through every pore in your body, because you are part of the way through this difficulty for your spouse.
This is marriage. This is love. And it feels good.