A Promise Kept – Robertson McQuilkin
November 10, 2008, 3:28 pm
Filed under: family, marriage, ministry

This past Sunday, I preached a message from 1 Peter 3:7 entitled, “Considerate Leadership”, and closed the message with the testimony of Robertson and Muriel McQuilkin.  Robertson and his wife were married in 1949.  As a young missionary couple, they spent 12 years in Japan before returning to the United States.  He became the  president of Columbia International University in 1968.  In the early 1980s, his wife Muriel was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Through the gradual worsening of his wife’s condition, he eventually decided to resign from his post as president in 1990 to care for his wife full time.  This video is a brief summary of Robertson’s love for his wife, concluding with an excerpt of his resignation speech before the student body at Columbia.

It’s one thing to make a vow on a wedding day saying, “In sickness and in health”, but it’s another thing to keep that vow when it’s put to the test by something like Alzheimer’s disease.  But I’m sure that Robertson never got to the place he did by making just one big decision, but by daily, through the course of his marriage, making small decisions to love, cherish, and honor his wife by the grace of God.

I may not be called to make such a career-sacrificing decision on behalf of my wife, but God give me grace to love my wife with that same kind of love.


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beautiful! I only wish to be the kind of wife that he calls the wonderful person that he GETS to care for. 🙂 Thanks PReggie!

Comment by alice

Wow…that was powerful to say the least. Excuse me while I go blow my nose.

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