Did she know when the sun rose that day that it would be their last chance to greet the dawn together?
Did she think as they walked the dogs and the sun warmed their backs, that their bed would grow cold before the next morning?
As she prepared dinner, did she realize that she would be cooking for one from then on?
Did she have the faintest idea that what is appointed unto us once was about to occur? That his smile, his voice, his arms around her would vanish unexpectedly?
That they were sharing their last meal, last word, last prayer, last kiss together.
That without warning, he would leave her, going on ahead.
One moment breathing here on earth with the love of his heart, and then his next heartbeat in heaven.
And him, ever reaching up for Christ, and now in His presence, in glory.
Sweetness shared in marriage this side of the veil, now a collection of snapshots and memories that will not fade. And her heart aching lonely without him, never forgetting.
And her Maker who is the husband of the widow, wrapping strong arms around her tenderly, wiping away her tears until one day He will wipe away every tear. Easing her pain with his everlasting love, holding her forever.
Tomorrow is not promised…
And this gives me pause with truth ringing profound yet sometimes overlooked as I run to and fro in the land of the living, racing through this precious gift.
Forgetting that life and love, it is all so fragile. We are only a wisp in the wind.
And while love never fails and God’s love is forever, our loved ones can pass from our arms to kiss the face of God in the twinkling of an eye.
It’s easy to forget, take for granted, or even casually toss aside all we have been given. Sometimes the mundane and monotonous daily grind grinds our hearts to pulp that stops pulsating Love.
Life becomes a gray blur and we become blind to the rainbow of blessings that color our lives. Especially our relationships with loved ones.
But love, true love, is a rare and precious jewel.
Multi-faceted, it shines in the darkest of moments. But that light can fade when we forget to nurture and nourish it.
And because this priceless gift cost Jesus everything we must give it our all.
Taking each day one day at a time.
Being thankful in all the moments.
Remembering to slow down and show and tell our spouse that we would do it all over again, taking that vow, because they are that important to us. After God, they are our lives.
Other loved ones, too. Family and friends, always letting them know in ways small and large that they are never far from our heart.
And then pouring out our hearts and our lives with love good and true.
Love that always says it’s sorry and always forgives, and never gives up. Love that is patient, kind and gentle, keeping no record of wrongs which in the end will seem so very trivial.
For Love flows from above, and Love bled out red to color our lives bright with joy like no other.
Hold it most dear, and share it with all…
Today’s post is Day 29 of a #31days series called First comes Love…
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