Another Love Story…………….
A couple of years ago I witnessed first hand love personified…..We hear so much, especially on TV, two people who fall in love, have a mega-dollar wedding and then divorce six months later, if it last that long.
Two people in their late seventies at least, who we’ve known for many years, lived a long distance away and who we didn’t see very often. We always enjoyed being in their company. We had been visitors in their home and treated royally.
He is a very quiet, unassuming, kindly man who has been a Minister of the Gospel for many years. She, a southern lady, always dressed attractively, hair coiffed and soft spoken. She had a very extensive doll collection which she enjoyed showing to guests in her home. She was a very giving person. While visiting with her, she detected that I like dishes, so she shared two beautiful plates with me.
A little over two years ago, we heard that she had breast cancer but seemed to be doing well. Their children were helping to help take care of them so they were able to manage their home.
We were attending a meeting in Tennessee and we were delighted to see them come in. She was in a wheelchair, gently pushed by her husband. It was her birthday and they had been to brunch at a restaurant to celebrate. She was dressed in a pretty dress and as she had lost her hair due to chemotherapy, she was sporting a beautiful straw hat.
He rolled her up a couple of rows in front of me and lovingly helped her out of the wheelchair into a seat. Quietly, he carried her chair to the back and came back to sit beside her. He kept his arm around her shoulder protectively the entire service. Sometimes, I’m sure because of her medication, she would momentarily doze off and he would lovingly nudge her. He kept his eyes on her continually as though he was drinking in her very being. I was so thankful I had my camera and discreetly made their picture.
A few months later she passed away. Although I know she is so much better off and is no longer suffering, I can’t help thinking how very much he must miss her. We have heard him sing numerous time ‘What A Day That Will Be”. While I know he ultimately is referring to the day he sees his Savior, I can’t help but think he also is thinking of the day he will see his wife again.