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Keller: I am thankful for a forgiving, faithful and virtuous wife

On Sunday, May 24, Jeanne and I will celebrate our wedding anniversary. Sixty-two years ago, in a little wooden church in Garyville, Louisiana, with Father Dennis Bergeron officiating, we took our wedding vows. Jeanne later told me that as she rode to church with her dad, he said, “Wouldn’t it be nice if Harold didn’t show up!” If you knew Mr. Raoul Boe, you would have known that he wasn’t joking.

The Bible says that when a man finds a wife, he’s found a good thing. God knew what I needed, and He sent me the best.

I now know when Proverbs 31 was written, it was describing my wife. It reads, “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her. She does him good and not evil. Strength and honor are her clothing. She opens her mouth with wisdom and her tongue is the law of kindness. Her children rise up and call her blessed.”

Only a godly woman like Jeanne could have put up with me. It is only by the grace of God, and a faithful and forgiving wife, that we will be able to celebrate another anniversary. We’ve had a few rough years, mainly because of some bad decisions that I made, but with love and time, God has healed our marriage.

Today, because of a virtuous woman, I am thankful for all of my blessings.

Our marriage produced four children, Ronny, Matt, Kay (now deceased), and Ann; 15 grandchildren; and we are expecting our 18th great-grandchild.

Proverbs 12:4 reads, “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband.” I’ve been crowned with the best. I’m sure, at times, Jeanne would have liked to crown me with something else, but being who she is, she resisted the temptation.

We will have a great anniversary, and I will try to assure her that I love her more now than I ever did, and with God’s help, not as much as I will in the future.

If you have any questions, or comments, please write to Harold Keller at Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084 or call (985) 652-8477.