As I think about romantic love on this special day, I'm reminded of a conversation with one of my colleagues in ministry who had been married for 60 years. While sharing with young couples in our church, she was asked, “What does it take to remain married for more than 50 years?” Can you guess how she answered?
One of the things she said was, “perseverance."
She shared with us how normal it was in a marriage to have periods when your feelings of love fade; sometimes they are replaced with feelings of frustration, disappointment or even with no feelings at all.
Isn’t that true? Allison and I have been through difficult periods in the last 15 years of our marriage. I am so grateful for those who are real, and share the reality of life and love.
The other day, when Allison and I were having lunch after a pregnancy check up, I looked across the table thinking, I feel more in love with Allison today than I have ever have. On this Valentine’s Day, I am grateful that we persevered through those hard times when we were not feeling the love.
Love is not a feeling, but an action. Love is a way of acting and being towards others. When we persevere in seeking to bless the other even when we don't feel it, we are much more likely to find that the feelings of love return.
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Don’t Forget: Commitment Sunday & Pizza with the Pastor are this Sunday!
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