Today is my ninth anniversary and I am 8,000 miles away from my wife.
I have known my wife for over twelve years. We’ve been inseparable throughout that time.
But for this season, God has called me to Vietnam.
I miss my friend.
Especially on our anniversary.
I am reminded of John Donne’s poem A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning. Donne, separated from his wife by a great geographical distance, uses a math compass as an image of their love. The further the two points are apart, the further they lean toward the other. The distance draws their hearts closer.
The stationary arm, the wife, causes the writing arm to circle back to its origin. To return home.
So, on the other side of the world where God has deemed me to be separated from my wife during our anniversary, I hold onto the beautiful image John Donne has given me.
Happy Anniversary, Kristin. May our love and friendship grow even more.