Herbert and Zelmyra, Longest Living Married Couple

Next week on the blog: Go behind the scenes Monday and Tuesday as we LIVE blog about Nancy and Mary Kassian’s video shoot (they’re creating video resources for small groups to complement their new book, True Woman 101: Divine Design). They’ll be joined by Karen Loritts, Carolyn McCulley (who lost her voice this week!), Dannah Gresh, Erin Davis, Kim Wagner, and Holly Elliff. Would you sign up to pray for them? It will be such an encouragement to them to know you are covering them in prayer!

I . . . take thee . . .
to have and to hold from this day forward,
for better for worse,
for richer for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
till death us do part . . .”

Those words are always spoken with such optimism and hope, as the bride and groom look at each other with unbridled adoration and expectation. But what about the rest of their lives? Will these newlyweds make it? 

The divorce statistics are alarming and depressing, aren’t they? Much attention has been given to them–and rightly so. But here’s something that should put joy in your heart: Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher have been married for eighty-seven years and hold the Guinness World Record for the longest marriage of a living couple. 

On February 14, 2010, the couple responded to questions about their relationship on Twitter (@longestmarried). When asked, “At the end of a bad relationship day what is the most important thing to remind yourselves?” their response was: “Remember marriage is not a contest–never keep score. God has put the two of you together on the same team to win . . . never physically fight! Agree that it’s okay to disagree, and fight for what really matters. Learn to bend–not break!” 

Wonderful words of wisdom from this precious Christian couple who pray with and for each other every day. Let’s take a moment to praise God for those couples who have weathered the storms of adversity, said no to the “easy” route of divorce, and are still standing today as a testimony of His faithfulness! 
  
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who will also do it” (1 Thess. 5:24).

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Karen Waddles

Karen Waddles

Karen is assistant to the publisher at Moody Publishers, a conference speaker, and contributing author to Our Voices: Issues Facing Black Women in America and The Women of Color Study Bible. She and her husband, George, who has been a pastor for the past 35 years, have four grown children and nine grandchildren. Her greatest joy is seeing women experience the fruit of God's blessings when they apply the principles of biblical womanhood to their lives.

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