True Commitment-Keith and Mary Korstjens

You know, when you consider the many, many pressures that couples face today, nothing short of an ironclad determination is going to hold them together when the hard times come.  And the hard times will come, as we all know.

I'm reminded of my friends, Keith and Mary Korstjens, who have been married now for more than 40 years.  Shortly after their honeymoon, Mary was stricken with polio and became a quadriplegic.  The doctors informed her that she would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.  Nevertheless, Keith never wavered in his commitment to Mary.  For all these years, he has bathed and dressed her, carried her to and from her bed, taken her to the bathroom, brushed her teeth, combed her hair.  Now Keith could have divorced Mary in 1957 and looked for a new and healthier wife, but he never even considered it.  I admire this man, not only for hanging tough, but for continuing to love and cherish his wife.  Many of the reasons people give for bailing out on a relationship today are pretty flimsy by comparison.  But remember what the marriage vows say: "For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, from this day forward 'til death do us part." 

Keith and Mary Korstjens meant those words when they said them back in 1957.  If you choose to marry, I hope you'll take them just as seriously.  With Focus on the Family, I'm Dr. James Dobson.



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