19 Years


19 years and 1 day ago, on August 25, 1990, I married Susan Ann Reko.

This providential and grace-filled act of God was second only to the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ, in the Gospel.

I do not marvel as often as I should that Susan is mine.  But this morning, I awake stunned by the fact.  I have now lived more of my life with her than without her, and cannot imagine being separated from her.

Tonight we will celebrate God’s grace to us in this marriage with a meal at Va Bene Berarducci’s Caffe and then a walk around Lake Superior and Canal Park.

I can’t wait!

Prov. 31.10   An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.


9 thoughts on “19 Years

  1. Matthew and Susan-
    Congratulations on this milestone. You and Susan continue to be a great example of what a godly marriage and godly parenting looks like.

    Chris and Katie

  2. Matthew & Susan,
    Beautiful picture – that’s a framer!
    Congratulations on 19 years and God’s greatest blessings on many more.

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