“For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health.”
We’ve all heard those cliché vows a MILLION times. They might sound all syrupy sweet when you’re dressed in white, in perfect health and proclaiming your ‘forever’ love for your spouse at your fairy tale wedding.
But what about when life gets ugly?
When dementia sets in, when arthritis plagues your joints, when alopecia steals your beautiful curly locks…or when cancer strikes.
Those are the moments when marriage is truly put to the test. That’s when Paul’s command in Ephesians to “love your wives, just as Christ loved the church” becomes real and raw.
In a society with an ever-increasing divorce rate and ever-declining value on marriage, it’s a mantra we hear proclaimed by many, but lived out by few.
Jon Newman is one of those few.
Seventeen-year-old Mackenna Newman’s mom was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last October, and was forced to stay in isolation due to her radiation treatments. But that didn’t stop her faithful husband from staying right by her side.
The teen posted this picture of her dad to Twitter on Friday along with a message that read, “My mom has to stay in her room in isolation for her cancer radiation so my dad set up a desk at her door to keep her company and I’m crying.”