The True Meaning of Love

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.

Inspiring Quotes About Love and Marriage

Celebrate the ups and downs, blessings and challenges of marriage with these uplifting and amusing quotes!

  • Grow old with me!  The best is yet to be.  –Robert Browning

    Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.  –Robert Browning

  • There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.  –Martin Luther

    There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.  –Martin Luther

  • A great marriage is not when the "perfect couple" comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences. –Dave Meurer

    A great marriage is not when the "perfect couple" comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences. Dave Meurer

  • Never go to bed mad.  Stay up and fight.  –Phyllis Diller

    Never go to bed mad.  Stay up and fight.  Phyllis Diller

  • A hundred hearts would be too few To carry all my love for you. –Author Unknown

    A hundred hearts would be too few
    To carry all my love for you. –Author Unknown

  • I now pronounce you man and wife, you may now change your Facebook status. coolfunnyquotes.com

  • Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work. –Author Unknown

    Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work. –Author Unknown

  • Where there is love there is life. –Mahatma Gandhi

    Where there is love there is life. –Mahatma Gandhi

  • You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. –Dr. Seuss

    You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. –Dr. Seuss

  • Knit your hearts with an unslipping knot. –Shakespeare

    Knit your hearts with an unslipping knot. –Shakespeare

  • In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine. –Maya Angelou

    In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine. –Maya Angelou

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