1 Corinthians 13:4-8
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices wit the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails”.
I have always thought of this passage as describing what “TRUE” love is, whether it is between us and God, husband and wife, parent and child, siblings or friends. It is somewhat of a checklist for loving someone. In today’s post I wish to honor and example of “TRUE” love that I have in my life. A heritage that I am blessed to be a part of.
My 94 year old grandfather passed away last night. Most all of his family was there around his bed. It was peaceful-that peculiar peace that only God can bestow amidst the times of grief and sorrow. My Nana, his bride of 75 years, was holding his hand. As I watched the tears flow down her face, I knew (not that I ever doubted) that there was “TRUE” love between them. I could see that her flesh was ripping apart as he passed because such a part of her went along. I know that he loved her as much. There was not a single visit that I made to the hospital or nursing home in the few months he has been there that he did not ask about her; how she was doing that day, if I had talked to her. He called her most everyday that he did not see her.
He was a man that truly loved. He loved God. He loved his church. He dearly loved his family. To write all the things that I will hold on to about him would require writing a book. I do want to list some of the thoughts and memories that stand out to me.
-He tended to his family in every way.
-He always showed up: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, surgeries, church functions. He even came to help me decorate for my wedding ( how precious is that!).
-He was always interested in all our comings and goings- all 40 of us plus his siblings and their children.
-He enjoyed his friendships.
-He knew how to have fun and play with all of us.
-He had high ethics and morals and he stuck to them.
-He was straightforward.
-He could offer encouragement, sympathy, how-to’s, political advice, and jokes whenever appropriate.
-He was my friend and confidant and I know he was to all of us.
I am honored to have known him and thankful that God chose me to be a part of this family. I am blessed to know what “TRUE” love feels and looks like! #TSS