Thursday, February 8, 2007
Thoughts on Love
Love in its essence is spiritual fire.
-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Passionate love and a cough cannot be concealed.-- Japanese Proverb
The following is an E-Mail Ministry message
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THIS IS WHAT LOVE IS ALL ABOUT
It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, When an elderly gentleman
in his 80's, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated
that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his
vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour
before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch
and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would!
evaluate his wound. On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of
the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress
his wound. While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in
conversation I asked him if he had a doctor's appointment this morning,
as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to
go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I then inquired
as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and
that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease.
As we talked, and I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be
worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he
was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised,
and asked him. "And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't
know who you are?" He smiled as he patted my hand and said. "She doesn't
know me, but I still know who she is."
I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and
thought, "That is the kind of love I want in my life."
True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance
of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.
"The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the best of everything that comes along their way."
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