Flame of Sun and Love and Marriage



The prompt this week for #RonovanWritesWeeklyHaikuChallenge are the words Flame & Kiss. My first haiku is about the sunset. It was inspired by this picture I took while leaving Chicago after the Deeply Rooted conference in November of 2016.



The Flaming Sun

Burning flame of fire
Sun kisses the horizon
Darkness soon arrives

                                            gayl wright




Marriage is a sacred calling. Couples start out full of hopes and dreams with excitement, love and passion. Some marriages continue that way for a long time. Others begin to crumble soon after the vows have left their tongues. Still others fall somewhere in between.

What causes those hopes and dreams to shatter? I suspect many people go into a marriage relationship with unrealistic ideals. They may have been influenced by picture perfect descriptions that are nothing like reality.

Marriage is a beautiful relationship, but it takes a lot of work. There are good times, hard times, times of sickness and health, happy times and sad. No marriage is perfect and without problems. The key is how we handle those problems, and even then sometimes we mess up.




My husband and I decided early on we wanted our marriage to be centered on following Jesus. We made a commitment to each other and vowed to keep it. That is not to say our marriage is perfect – far from it. We have our disagreements and arguments same as anyone else, and sometimes it has been hard. But our commitment to each other, our loyalty to God and His truth, and our love have bonded us together.

We have been married for over 42 years, have raised 7 kids and now have 14 grandchildren. We are all very close, but not because we agree on everything. In some areas we are miles apart, but there is one thing that holds us together. Can you guess what it is? It is LOVE.

In I Corinthians 13 we read:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
(I Corinthians 13:4-6a NIV)

A Marriage Flame

Bold and beautiful
Her kiss is a flaming fire
He loves her dearly

Years go quickly by
As flame fades to a flicker
Kisses bring new life


They are older now
A kiss still fans the flame as
Passions are renewed


Love will never fail
With kindness, hope and patience
Kiss this flame of truth

                                            gayl wright


Remember to check out other haiku at #RonovanWrites and add your own if you like.

I’m linking up with: #CoffeeforYourHeart, #ThreeWordWednesday, #TestimonyTuesday, #TellHisStory, #RaRaLinkup, #ThoughtProvokingThursday, #FreshMarketFriday, #DanceWithJesus

16 thoughts on “Flame of Sun and Love and Marriage

  1. Dear Gayl, How fun to see the sunset over Chicago&Suburbs picture again! My son drives some of these roads every night in his semi-truck, as he picks up loads from the rail-yards. And your Haiku described it perfectly! But what really touched me in this post is your marriage poem and personal story that goes with it. You have a beautiful love story that is obviously written by God! What a testimony you are to your whole family, and to those of us who get to read your words, of how God’s Love can carry us through all of life! May you be blessed with many more years and joys together! xoxo

    1. Dear Bettie, I’m glad you enjoyed the sunset picture and haiku. I didn’t realize your son drove those roads!

      The one about marriage just seemed to come to me. It’s not something I usually write about, but it seemed like God was nudging me. Our marriage isn’t always pretty, but the overall picture is beautiful. And, yes, God’s love can carry us through anything!

      Thank you so much for your encouragement! Many blessings to you, my dear sister/friend! xoxo

    1. Yep, it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, but then again, we’ve been through a lot during those years. But they sure went by fast!

      Thanks for your encouragement! Blessings to you Leslie!

  2. Love this Gayl! Thanks for the “on target” message about marriage and sharing the cute pic of you and your husband!! I could not agree more with your thoughts and sentiments! My husband and I have been married 52 years, have 2 children, and 6 grandchildren! Blessings on your day!!

    1. Thank you, Pam! I’m so glad to have your encouragement here. And congratulations on 52 years!!!!! Wonderful! Don’t you just love being a grandmother? It’s one of my favorite things. 🙂

      Blessings to you!

  3. Gayl, You and Joy have been such an encouragement to you, so I took the Haiku Challenge this week also! 🙂 Thanks for your inspiration!! xoxo

    1. Bettie, I am thrilled that you took the challenge, too! I’m also glad to have encouraged you. 🙂 You are also a great encouragement to me.

      Blessings to you, dear sister! xoxo

  4. Gayl- I enjoyed this post! Both haiku’s were great and your words on marriage were helpful! It’s a blessings to read how others have made their marriages last. We need more role models now!

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