Today would have been my parents’ 68th wedding anniversary.
They had over 67 years together and this is the first anniversary that mother is alone.
Yet, she would tell you she is not alone.
She has Jesus.
I was with her two weeks ago and we were going through the many cards, letters, notes and messages that Mother has received since the passing of my father at 91 years old on February 10th. It was a very sweet time of remembering people who had been blessed by my father and mother, and who had in turn blessed them. Among the notes was one in my father’s handwriting. It was on a small piece of note paper and must have been placed in a small gift box on their anniversary 4 years ago. She had placed it with the new notes to put in a memory book I was making for her.
Tears came to my eyes as I read the following:
I could fill this box with many material things and they would end up being just things. But I am filling this box with two intangibles that will be valued by you for the rest of your life.
So – this box is filled to its fullest with God’s love that can not be fully described but keenly felt, and with my love that has been yours for over 64 years and will continue on till we have to part, but then will become the indescribable love of being with Jesus.
This is what authentic love invested in another individual looks like – an investment for eternity.
I Corinthians 13 describes REAL love. Verse 7 summarizes love that is the antithesis of the love our culture practices.
Love never gives up,never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (NLT)
Verse 13 ends this treatise on authentic love –
Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love.
I am so thankful for parents who loved one another with God’s love. It was loved that lasted as long as they both lived, and now is “that indescribable love of being with Jesus” as my father wrote to mother.
I pray that our marriages will be just such a demonstration of God’s love to our children and grandchildren.
Invest in love for eternity.