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The True Meaning of Love

What’s the secret to a long-lasting marriage? Effort, forgiveness, patience and prayer come to mind.
Celebrating a long marriage of ups and downs, connection and prayer.

One of the most important relationships in my life is with my wife, Elba. We have been through a great deal together. We have raised two wonderful children and discovered the power of human love in its own unique way. And this week we celebrate 35 years of marriage.

Of course just like all couples, we have had our ups and downs, but she is my life mate and the greatest partner I could have asked for. Because love is like faith, without these highs and lows, it would not grow. And yes, some relationships and marriages don’t last, but the ones that do prove that it takes great effort, forgiveness and patience.

Love gives us the strength to work through the difficult and messy realities we all face–like adjusting to the communication styles of each another. I’m a talker. Elba is a listener. And there are days when my talking gets me into trouble. But her graciousness and patience saves the day and, more importantly, us.

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Love also teaches us the value of prayer; when facing obstacles, it is the only way. It is prayer that gets us through financial setbacks, family issues and personal disappointments.

For us, it was prayer that lifted us when our son was born with a serious illness and when he was in a severe car accident 25 years later. And it was prayer that got us through our daughter’s move to the city.

But what is a relationship or marriage without fun, laughter and silliness? Not a strong one at all. Praying together and enjoying one’s company is the way our souls connect.

The Bible tells us, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

I’m still learning the way of love but am much closer today, thanks to God and Elba. Who has taught you the true meaning of love? Please share with us.

Lord, thanks for the gift of love and for those who help us discover its meaning and power.

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