by Al Melichar, Sumner County citizen — July 4, 1939 in Yankee stadium, an honored ball player walked forward to say a few words. That has been said to be the greatest speech in baseball history. Lou Gehrig said to a crowd of well-wishers, ”I considered myself to be the luckiest man on the face of this earth” It was the sentence before that historical quote that I beam with joy today. “When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed, you are truly bless. Those two quotes reflect my sentiments of my lovely wife, Turi.
Any couple, who faces a medical crisis, knows, without a doubt that their faith, their love for each other and marriage vows will be tested. Ours has been no exception. These past six years, after being diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s in our family, have been, no doubt the biggest challenge in our lives. Yes, I have kept the promise vows, I repeated to Turi, over 47 years ago, cherish and love in sickness and in health. Yet, the promise kept, that I want to share to you is greater than our wedding vows.
In the Book of Hebrews, God says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. This is the verse we needed when we heard, ” Turi, you have Alzheimer’s”. By faith alone, we had to believe that verse, to hold true, if we were going continue a happy life together.