“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (1 Corinthians. 13:4-8)
Does Love Make the World Go Round?
No. Love doesn’t “make the world go ‘round.” God does. But love is certainly what makes the ride worthwhile.
Most of us can recall certain days in our personal history that changed our lives forever. Today, I’m basking in the memory of a beautiful sunlit Saturday morning, forty-four years ago, when I walked with my dad down the aisle of a country church in Swanzey, NH. I took the hands of my sweetheart and pledged to love him forever, and he took my hands in his and pledged to do the same. We were young adults, our whole lives ahead of us, with much still to learn about life and love, but what we did know, was that we had an undying love in our hearts for each other. We shared our vows, marched back up that aisle, and out into the world and the adventure that lay ahead of us. It wasn’t long before we found ourselves parents. It’s funny how that happens. . . Now we dived into the life of Mom and Dad, loving every minute of it. Graciously, Jesus made Himself known to us and we answered His call on our lives while our girls were still toddlers. Our marriage now was enriched, with God grabbing the reigns, leading us faithfully through the joys and challenges that our earthly journeys bring to each of us. No one was more surprised than us when He called us into ministry, first, directing a Christian youth camp, and then to twenty-one years of pastoral ministry.. What a joy it is to serve God together with the love of your life!
And life goes on . . . There have been, and always will be, days that are a challenge, and days that are a joy, but every single one of them is a blessing, because my beloved husband and I meet them together with our love for each other and for the Lord. And God’s love covers all!
George Eliott has said, “What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent, unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”
It’s the way it has been for the past forty-four years, and it is the way it will continue to be until He calls us home, because “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” (Song of Solomon 6:3)
Thanks for letting me share with you my trip down “Memory Lane” today. It is a particularly beautiful view from here . . .”