Baseball season will begin again soon. I am reminded of the time, sitting next to me in the stands at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (pictured above) was a couple from Boston celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary. As fellow Red Sox fans, we hit it off rather quickly. So, I asked them, what’s the secret to their long marriage? They thought about it for a few moments, and then the wife said forgiveness. They went on to joyfully tell me about their 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
This afternoon I am thinking about the legacy this couple is leaving for those generations. They have demonstrated tremendous commitment to one another. They have modeled what a lasting marriage can look like. Indeed, they have proven that forgiveness can be a game changer in a relationship. I’m sure that after 52 years of marriage, they’ve had plenty to forgive each for. But when they talked about forgiveness, it wasn’t with any sense of embarrassment or resentment. They talked about it with the wisdom of experience. In fact, what struck me most about the way they talked to and about each other and their relationship was their sense of contentment. What a blessing! So, I’ll remember what they said. Forgiveness is key to a lasting, contented marriage.