Today marks the 40th year of my parents' marriage. Forty years! What an incredible mark.

Curtis and Lynette Bass. You will be hard pressed to find two people more in love with each other. Their love is a love that has enabled the good times to become great times and has also seen them through the very hardest of times.

Honestly, it is difficult to write about their marriage because there are a ton of things that make their marriage great. Don't get me wrong, it can be quite a drama at times, but the overlying theme is always love. They have followed the correct instructions: the Bible. They love each other. They respect each other. They forgive each other.

For me, it has been an incredible example of the sustainability of marriage. The fact is, I don't know what else to say because I so want to get on my soap box. I want to get off topic about how marriage was created by God not to be dismantled on a whim and how society and the church so easily offers an encouraging word often beginning with the word "divorce". You see what I mean? Soap box. But I won't. This is their day. And this day proves my little rant and why I feel so strongly about the sustainability of marriage and about the power of love and dedication. Those words, those descriptions, belong to my parents. They define my parents' marriage.

My parents are incredible people. A man and a woman of faith and honesty and virtues. They are teachers and learners. They are workers. They care. They love unconditionally, yet wisely. And they've worked hard to raise two men - me and my brother - to do the same. Quite often, the success of a marriage shines through their children. I hope my brother and I do their marriage justice.

It hasn't been easy, but I haven't heard of any marriages that have been. Or maybe there are a few out there. I don't know. All I know is that I thank you for showing me what a good, solid marriage looks like. There are so few examples out there any more. I have been lucky enough to see a great formula for having one. Bless you for that.

I love you both with all my heart. Happy 40th Anniversary. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Your son,

Dustin Bass