Thursday, February 12, 2009
This is what True Love looks like...
Aren't they beautiful to look at? My Grandparents. The best example of true, committed, keep moving forward, stick together, still make my stomach have butterflies, take care of you, finish what we started, forgiving, long suffering, best friend, FOR ALL OF OUR DAYS kind of love!! Can you imagine having the same Valentine for 60 years?? Can you imagine loving someone the way you said you would when you took your vows? In all the good times and all the bad. In sickness or in health...even when you don't know how many years you will get of each. I hope that is what we look like to our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Find someone who you can model your marriage after. A couple who has loved through many years...a lot happens in a lifetime. People who went the distance...just held each other's hand as they went. People who protected their love.
"People who don't ever quit each other"
(Brandon Gimse, 6 years old when asked what he thinks being married is.)
To my grandparents...thanks for "not quitting each other", for loving each other well, for letting no one else put assunder, for showing me what true love really looks like!
I love how beautifully the "Love Chapter" reads from the Message Bible:
1 Corinthians 13 (The Message)
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies