As we walk through this daily journey that we call life,
The one thing we know we cannot buy, but we must truly earn . . . is LOVE.
I thought I knew what true love was . . .
. . . until I began working at the nursing home at which I am training to become a chaplain.
It is there that I am only now discovering what true love is . . .
It is not a prince riding on horseback across the valley to save the beautiful princess . . .
It is not hot, sweaty nights under the sheets . . .
It is not steamy, sexy ballroom dances . . .
. . . or deep, luscious kisses on New Year’s Eve . . .
It is a love that transcends the body . . .
. . . that takes your breath away in a way that knows no physical form . . .
It is so deep, so meaningful, that until you experience it, if you are lucky enough to experience it, or to see it, as I am having the opportunity to see it with my own eyes, you can only imagine . . .
. . . a love reaches deep into your soul
. . . that stays right there, linking you to your love not only when he or she has left you for the mysterious darkness that is Alzheimer’s, but well beyond that
. . . into the mystery that we call the Afterlife
These are the loves that I am seeing
These are the loves that made me realize that our loved ones are merely on loan to us for only that period of time that God decides they shall be.
So as 2013 begins, let us all . . .
. . . learn to cherish the loves that are in our life . . .
. . . recognize them . . .
. . . care for them . . .
. . . build them . . .
. . . keep them strong . . .
. . . for they are the only things in life that are priceless . . .
. . . that accompany us to the Beyond . . .
. . . and give meaning to this journey that we call life.