They were married during the Great Depression years.
Their wedding party consisted of two witnesses and a
minister. There was no fancy reception or exotic honeymoon.
They barely had a dime to their name. In fact, they
were so poor, they had to live with his parents for
the first months of their marriage. (Ladies, how
would you like to begin your marriage living with your
in-laws?) Through the years they never had a lot
of money. They lived in small homes and drove average
cars. They raised three children and spoiled seven grandchildren.
They never owned a computer, fax, cell phone, pager,
VCR or DVD.
Near the end of their lives, they lived in a small
cozy house along an unpaved road on the same land his
father lived on, in rural Arkansas. They owned eighty
acres of land and a modest assortment of possessions
accumulated through almost eight decades of life. Their
net worth would not have impressed Fortune or
Forbes. Some would say they didn't have a lot
and they would be SO wrong. They embraced and embodied
the purest and richest form of love that I have ever
witnessed. They were married sixty years and until the
day he died, it was as if they were still enjoying the
honeymoon they never could afford. Till the end they
acted like newlyweds. I have never seen a couple SO
MUCH IN LOVE. They shared a love that most millionaires
and CEO's will never know. They were rich in all the
ways that counted most.
Hugh and Amy Rogers were my grandparents and they lived
and left a legacy of love that no sum of money could
ever match or manufacture.
Question: What was their secret?
Answer: Please read the T.D. Jakes excerpt on marriage.
He describes the love Amy and Hugh enjoyed. My prayer
is that you will experience it too!