Patty and I have been at Odell Lake Lodge the last couple of days with 20 couples from Jefferson Baptist Church at our annual marriage retreat. This is the third year in a row of us doing this event here, and it has become one of my favorite events of the year. I enjoy it so much because it is so fun to get to know people beyond the normal “Hi, how are you” which is the case with so many people at JBC that I see at regular services, but don’t get to spend much time with. Here we work on our marriages together, eat together, play games together, talk about our lives and challenges together, and laugh together. It really is a great time, and we are going to have 2 more of them in the weekends ahead that Patty and I get to attend together as the teachers. It is very rewarding to be a couple months away from our 50th wedding anniversary and be able to teach what we have experienced and learned together on how to have a great marriage. In dealing with life and all the pressures, responsibilities, and disappointments that are almost a daily part of life, a great marriage is such a major gift and strength to face life and stay full of joy and peace. Almost anybody can have a great marriage if they are willing to work hard on it.