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The Course of True Love

February 15, 2016

Valentines Day always causes a range of emotions for me. I find myself today thinking of friends who are hurting–who have lost one they love or are suffering hurt from someone they love. I almost feel guilty because I have been shown an abundance of true, unconditional love. And I also feel acutely aware of my failings in the love department.

Shakespeare said, “The course of true love never did run smooth”. True love is sacrificial. True love loves when the other person is unloving. True love gets up at 3 in the morning to take care of the baby even though there probably won’t be any more sleep before PT. True love does the dishes after an exhausting 14 hours out in the field. True love ignores obnoxious, grouchy comments, and responds in grace. True love spends three hours in the car every day for weeks on end to sit by your side in a hospital room. True love takes care of you when you can’t even take a shower or get dressed by yourself, and still tells you you’re beautiful even though you’re a disaster with staples and tubes and cords everywhere. True love gives even when nothing is given in return, loves unconditionally, sees beauty in the ugly.

I’m so very grateful for a love that stays the course with me, even though it’s sometimes rough. I don’t want a massive teddy bear, a “pajama gram”, roses, or a box of chocolates. I just want you, Jonathan. (From 2015)

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