A Model Husband
Husbands, love your wives as, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her … Ephesians 5:25
Last Monday morning at 6:10 AM, our my wife’s baby sister, Jeanne, slipped in the presence of Jesus after a long, hard, but valiant battle with ovarian cancer. She fought hard and victoriously.
Jeanne and Mark have been married for 36 years – unheard of these days with so many giving up on traditional marriage. I remember their wedding day so well. On that day Mark pledge his love to Jeanne and in his vows declared that he would love her “for richer or poorer, in sickness and in heath, till death they would part.”
Mark has been a loving husband all throughout their marriage. But I have to tell you that watching him the last four years and been an incredible example of servant-hood.
This last several months have been very difficult and emotionally draining on Mark and Jeanne as well as for their married kids, Jeff and Meg. In the midst of this battle with cancer, Meg’s husband was tragically killed in an automobile accident. We’ve watched Meg grow so much during the past several years and we are so proud of her.
Mark took up the responsibility of caring for his wife and daughter and has served them both so well. Perfect, nah! But you aren’t going to find a more devoted guy.
Mark left every morning to be at work at 4:00 AM and then came home and unselfishly cared for Jeanne, most nights staying awake with her, getting little sleep and starting the day all over again. But he never complained nor did he lose his level of commitment for his bride.
I’ve watched lots of men check out on their spouses when they are sick, and especially when the battle seems to be out of control and nearing the end. But I have to tell you – mark stood by Jeanne resolutely and fervently until her final breath on Monday morning.
Mark, I am so proud of you. Thank you for demonstrating Christ’s love to all of us, and especially to Jeanne. Thank you for setting a great example for all of us. I love you, brother.
Going the distance with Jesus,
Dr. Bill Welte
President/CEO America’s Keswick
Think About This: Beloved, have you ever thought that someday you will not have anything to try you, or anyone to vex you again? There will be no opportunity in heaven to learn or to show the spirit of patience, forbearance, and longsuffering. If you are to practice these things, it must be now. A. B. Simpson
Verses to Memorize: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7