(In the US, we celebrate Memorial Day on the 4th Monday in May.  It commemorates those who have gone before us and our memories of them.  This isn’t those who went before, but it’s a memory).

Eleven (11) yrs ago this week-end, I worked this three (3) day week-end because it gave time for a cutover to a major upgrade of Windows NT Network Operating System.  I needed to look up something technical on the (relatively new to us) internet, & up popped Yahoo personals – a new invention.  I went on with my work and a few weeks later, after breaking off a 7 yr relationship, I had time/inclination to check into that stuff. 

On 7/17/2002, I met Steve Hitchens.  On 5/11/2003, we married!  Cool, huh? 

Moral o’ the story:  Never be afraid of work…  good things come from it!

Good God,

I don’t know how you  figured that one out, but you sure got it right!   Pairing people who will be compatible has never been easy; in fact some make a living at doing this…  but they are human and you are the creative energy in the universe, perfection, brilliant, indescribable!  Amazing!  I worship you.


Lord of Love,

I lift Steve up to you, eleven years later and forty pounds heavier and eleven years older (and deeper in debt!), we’re married.  We love each other and we have moments when we don’t even like each other.  We are committed to staying together and making this work!  I think that’s good.

Maker of Misery and Merriment,

I lift Steve up to you today.  I put him and our marriage in your hands.  I surrender it to you.  I ask that you make the way for him to be more comfortable; his knees hurt almost all the time; let him be willing to take treatment for the arthritis –  whichever is best.  I pray that you would soften his heart whenever it starts to harden from current/past hurts.  I pray that you would make us both less desirous of control.  I pray that you will help me to remember to be kind to him, to think of his reaction to situations and to work toward good solutions.


Remind me any way that’s effective to relax and enjoy having this wonderful man in my life!

Generous Giver,

Thank you for Steve.  Thank you for memories.  Thank you for love.  Thank you for free will and brains to make good choices and hearts that want.  Thank you.  Lord, I love you so much!

In Jesus’ name,


To God be the Glory!

© Melissa Pazen, 2013

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!