Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Loving Like Jesus

She hadn't driven in a long time, but when his health began to fail she steeled herself and slowly made her way back to the busy streets - not wanting to depend on others to do the driving. The little car made its way to appointment after appointment. Then it traveled the short distance to the hospital. Only heavy rain or the setting sun (her eyes are sensitive to the light) saw one of us behind the wheel.

She sat for hours in his hospital room, spending the night when he just couldn't bear to have her leave. Her's was the only voice he would listen to when he wanted to simply go home and leave tests and needles and pain behind. When she wasn't with him, she held him in her prayers.

When dialysis became a part of their lives, she encouraged, watched his diet, monitored his medications and prayed some more. Home remained as it always had been, warm, welcoming and filled with a sweet spirit.

He called one day. "I just wanted to tell you how proud I am of your Mother." The voice was weak from hours spent in dialysis, but it was filled with love. "Yes Dad. She is amazing. She loves you very much." "I love her too." he whispered.

"...walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma."
Ephesians 5:2

To read more about loving like Jesus go here.



Anonymous said...

good story
wonderful strong love

Elizabeth Dianne said...

Hi Linda, I just got through reading "The Notebook" and the love in this story reminds me of that. Beautiful tribute to loving like Jesus loved and I really like the picture of the rings. Thank you.

Maxine said...

Now that is the beauty of true love. For better, for worse.

grammy said...

your mom and dad are sweet saints
i was thinking of them when I wrote about closing your eyes
and then waking with your father looking down into your face
then we his little child will say "daddy, I missed you"
I also went over to The holy experience...she is a good writer
I have read her before (o:

Dawn said...

So very sweet!

christy rose said...

This made me cry!! Just beautiful!

Loretta said...

Reading through tears isn't easy, but so sweet. Love and hugs to you and your precious parents.


emily wierenga said...

one day, i will know what it feels like to love someone so... such poignant pain. thank you for sharing, linda. xo

Ann Kroeker said...

Full of love. Makes me hope for the same trust, intimacy and commitment when I'm there with my husband. Thanks for sharing this link!