We live in a culture that promotes love—at least that’s what we call it. Hallmark writes cards and movies about it, people search for it and often we are confused about how to really define it. I have had the opportunity to watch a love story unfold between two people that truly reflects the meaning of selfless, committed love.
My parents celebrated 76 years of marriage on March 7, 2018, and on March 8 my mom entered eternity. Even now as I write this, it’s hard to comprehend the depth of love that they shared. It was not a marriage without its struggles, trials and hardships, but one thing always remained: their commitment to one another. They were faithful in all aspects of their relationship. Their love was revealed every day in the way they interacted. Even when they were at odds because of their differences, they still showed respect and care and worked toward solutions that brought them closer to each other. The greatest evidence of the love they had for each other came when my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and my dad declared that he would take care of her as long as she needed care. He commented that he married her for better or for worse and he was committed to her through everything and anything. And he fulfilled that vow staying by her side and caring for her until the end of her earthly life.
As I reflect on my parents’ love story, I can’t help but be reminded of God’s love for us. He is always faithful. His love perseveres through all circumstances and his commitment to us is forever. He will never leave us, abandon us or reject us. I know that my parents’ love was rooted in God’s love for them. They always believed that God was at the center of their marriage, and they clearly lived that belief.
I have been challenged by my mom and dad’s love story. It has caused me to think about the way that I love others. Jesus challenged us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love others the way that we love ourselves. God is using the picture of my parents’ love to remind me that I am called to the same kind of love toward my husband, my family, the family of God and to the world that desperately needs to see faithful love in action.
We are all creating a love story in some way. Join me in committing to a live a life that reveals God’s faithfulness to us which in turn will reveal a love story of faithfulness to others.