It’s been over a week since I have sat down to do any blogging….not for a lack of things to share….they are buzzing around in my head continually…so beware if I get “on a roll” soon you may be inundated with posts sharing all that has been happening lately!
But despite all the craziness surrounding me on all sides, we do stop on Tuesdays for tea time. Today as I got ready to set the table with all the Christmas china for our first tea of the holiday season there was a knock on the door and the postman handed me a package. (don’t you just love brown paper packages?) Joy and I quickly tore it open and there was the most beautiful tea pot I have ever seen, sent as a gift from my dear mother. (who has been the inspiration for our teas!)
Isn’t it simply stunning? I love it! What perfect timing too.
Today we read the next chapter in our book for our courtship classes. It emphasized the difference between romantic feeling type of love and a deep committed unconditional love. A love that gives expecting nothing in return. A sacrificial and unselfish type of love. A love that survives the test of time, tragedy and trials. A love that is steadfast and never ending.
I have living examples of this life long love and commitment. My own parents would have been married 48 years this month, if my Dad had not passed away 12 years ago and yesterday was my in-laws 52nd wedding anniversary. A few years ago at their celebration of 50 years I was asked to sing a song for that event that is truly a beautiful testament to the commitment we are to make in marriage. It is called I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman. These are the powerful words that all our marriages should commit to –
Tomorrow morning when you wake up and the sun does not appear,
I will be here
If in the dark we lose sight of love, hold my hand and have no fear,
‘Cause I will be here
I will be here when you feel like being quiet; When you need to speak your mind, I will listen.
And I will be here when the laughter turns to crying; through the winning, losing and trying, we’ll be together,
‘Cause I will be here.
Tomorrow morning if you wake up and the future is unclear,
I will be here.
As sure as seasons are made for change, Our lifetimes are made for years,
So I will be here
I will be here, and you can cry on my shoulder; When the mirror tells us we’re older, I will hold you.
And I will be here to watch you grow in beauty, And tell you all the things you are to me;
I will be here
I will be true to the promise I have made, To you and to the One who gave you to me.
I will be here!
I have seen too many marriages fall apart in recent years. Couples who I would have never thought would walk away from one another. Couples who appeared to love the Lord and love one another. Yet somehow they have been able to turn their back on the commitment they made to loving one another through all of life’s trials and tragedies.
My prayer for those of you who are married and reading this today is that you would renew that life long commitment each and everyday of your lives to your Lord and to the one that He gave you to love. I pray for my children that they will find their perfect match and then commit to choose to love that person for life, no matter what comes their way.
Dan, my dearest husband….I once again commit to you to be here!