When I was just a girl of seventeen, I received a valentine from a young man who had been a best friend since beginning high school. It included a handwritten version of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous love sonnet. At the time, I had no knowledge of her authoring this beautiful poem, and assumed the boy giving it to me was the writer. Of course I was swept away by these beautiful words, believing they came straight from his heart. He later admitted that he didn’t write them, but it didn’t matter. He had taken the time to write them down on paper, in beautiful cursive handwriting and I knew then and there that he was the man for me.
The rest is history. This boy had been my friend since we were 13 years old. This past weekend he turned 75 and I still love him with a passion that has never died. A passion that comes from years of growing together as one person. The kind of love that develops from trial, maturity, pain and suffering, endurance, perseverance and a common goal.
I’ve known this man for 62 years and each day I discover something new about him. That’s about 540,000 hours. You wouldn’t think anything would be new in that amount of time, but every day is new.
Back in the 70’s there was a movie called, “Love Story.” A modern day Romeo and Juliet with a twist. One of the memorable quotes from that movie was, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Let me tell you, loves means saying you’re sorry over and over again. When you truly love someone, you never want to disappoint or hurt them. When your love is bound by God, you’re joined by the One who forgives all wrongs when we come with repentance hearts. Our love for each other should mirror that forgiving nature.
Love doesn’t just happen. It takes time to grow and be nurtured along the way. If your life is melded in God’s love and you place your complete trust in His path for your life, you will be blessed in more ways than can ever be counted.