Monday, May 2, 2011

True Love

She dotes on him.  Fixes his covers, smooths back his hair.  Looks lovingly into his weary eyes.  She keeps vigil, worrying, praying, hovering, waiting.  She watches his every move and leaps to her feet if he but moves his fingers.  Her love for him is evident with every breath she takes.  And though he can't give her more than a few words at a time, he receives her love with tenderness and care.  He looks for her and worries when she is not there.  He responds to her voice, even when his eyes are closed.   When asked he will proudly tell you that marrying her was the best decision he ever made in his life. 

Rob's parents.

Married 60 years in March.  

No longer newlyweds.  No longer young.

Yet still passionately in love with each other.

It is a pleasure to sit in a hospital room and watch them.  Though I grieve at the circumstances that brought him there, I get the privilege of watching True Love in action.  A love that has stood the test of time.  A love that has kept no record of wrong.  A love that trusts, hopes and believes.  A love that longs for the best in the other.   A love that is patient and kind and trustworthy.  A Godly love that produced four children, eight grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. 

Their love molded and shaped my husband and thus, molds and shapes my sons.  I am grateful for them.  Grateful for their faithfulness.  Grateful for their faith.  Grateful that they love the Lord and that they love each other.  I pray that God will heal his body so that they have more days.  Watching True Love is a treasure not enough people in this world get to witness.  I cherish that treasure as I cherish Rob's parents.  They are rare, genuine and of great worth!


  1. They still look like newly weds to me!They are rare, genuine and of great worth! JEWELS.....PRECIOUS JEWELS. May we desire to be the same example to our children and their children.

  2. Absolutely one of the most moving and beautiful tributes of a love story that I have ever read. You all are so very blessed to be witness to one such love.

    You made me tear up just reading this.


  3. What a blessing that you shared them with all of us!! I love that true love, and my prayers are his until he is home with her...

    Love wins,
    Renee Tam

  4. Aw, so sweet! Elderly married couples are just such a beautiful and inspiring sing of love- thank you for posting!

  5. Julia,
    I am in the same boat! Along with my prodigal son, and two sons about to get married, my dad had a stroke 3 weeks ago. He is now in a wheelchair and having trouble speaking. He is in a rehab hospital right now and my mom is staying with him, just to help take care of him. They are 87 years old.

    Life is twisty. Life is full. Life is deep. And, thankfully, we have real life coming when this one ends. I know my parents are getting close to that. Oh, I just know.

  6. What a beautiful tribute. Love begets love. They are blessed to have you as a daughter-in-law as well.

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  8. So glad He choose them for you and yours!! : ) What a blessing!!
    May we follow in the footsteps of the faithful ones who have walked His paths in their lives too. Such hope that it isn't in being perfect but in being His and embracing His ways of life!!
    Heaven will be rich shared with Him and all of these... Not sure if I told you that my Mom's Dad headed there in much easier to release them when we know they go to Him!
    Lots of Love!! : )


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