27 Years and counting...
In the summer of 1984 I’m on vacation in Kamloops BC just before I head off to YWAM for a DTS with my cousin. I attend a youth softball game at a local church where a young lady is pitching. She strikes me out and goes home that night and little do I know, she writes in her journal. She writes, “If that guy that I struck out tonight would move here to Kamloops I’d stay but if not I’m going back to Alberta.” She had just moved to Kamloops herself and was given the option from her mom to go back and finish her senior year of high school in Alberta if she wanted. I was on fire for Jesus and didn’t even notice her.
The next night while the preacher is preaching in a midweek service I hear an audible voice tell me I’m not to go to YWAM but rather I’m to move to Kamloops and become part of this church. I head home to tell all my family and break the news to my cousin. Within a month or so I’m living in Kamloops and beginning night classes of Bible school. The young lady that struck me out is sitting across from me and goes home that night and writes in her journal, “I’m going to marry that guy.”
The bible school students/young adults group, are regularly hanging out most nights and guess who ended up at the one end of the table every time we were out? On December 1st, 1984 I asked this certain young lady if I could take her for a walk on the dyke that ran along side the North Thompson River. She said yes. That night in -20 temperatures I stopped and asked if I could kiss her to which she replied, “Only if you’re going to marry me.”
Initially I was taken back by her answer and so I thought I’d throw a curve ball at her since she was playing hardball. I said to her, “well, I’m going to be a pastor, what do you think of that?” Then she said, “I’ve have always felt that I would one day marry a pastor.” We came to some agreement that night that it seemed like the Lord had been at work for some time bringing this all together and it seemed right to both of us that we should kiss and so we did. 16 months later on May 17th 1986 I married this girl.
Cherry Lynn Sczebel became my wife 27 years ago today. I’m the most blessed man on the planet to have her as my wife. She’s my best friend, the one I love to think about throughout my day, just the mention of her name and my heart flutters. I love her more today than any of the previous days of the last 27 years. She’s becomes more beautiful, more precious, more lovely with every day that passes. My love, if the Lord would allow us to spend the rest of our time together into our old age I will be one happy man.
My love, I’ve spent more of my life with you than I have without you and I cannot fathom what life would be like without you.
Thank you for being you. Thank you for saying yes to me. Thank you for loving Jesus first and foremost and then loving me all these years. Thank you for walking through trials in a way that say, “God is good in spite of the trial.” Thank you for being a rock in the midst of hard times. Thank you for being my encouragement and a gentle rebuke at times. Thank you for carrying mine, and others, burdens at times and for how hard you work. Thank you for having my babies and loving them and always pointing them to Jesus. Thank you for loving our little’s and for the BIG heart God has given you for adoption and fostering. Thank you for being my wife. I love you xoxo
I conclude by joining my voice with the Psalmist and say, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,” Psalm 103:2
The Lord has given me this great gift of marriage. This gift and every other gift he gives is given to direct my attention to his kindness and goodness and create fresh affection for him. Thank You Lord.