For as long as I can remember, I always “loved love.”
My wiring was such that I ALWAYS looked for the silver lining and constantly hoped that love would triumph in the end. (Yep, that means more times than not, I am the hopeless romantic one waiting on the fairy-tale ending!) You would think that at a certain point, I would let that perspective go completely, but to be perfectly honest, the older I get the harder I fight to preserve and protect that ability to see life through a lens of love.
Of course, as I have grown in age, experience and incurred my fair share of life’s battle wounds, my outlook has “matured” a bit; but rather than letting go of the idea of a “magical love”- I have come to respect what a force that REAL LOVE truly is.
You see, the truth is that it takes REAL STRENGTH to exhibit REAL LOVE.
When I started the journey of walking through incarceration with my husband nearly 10 years ago, I did so as the “hopeless romantic” simply believing the best. Today, after spending almost 4000 days and nights apart and navigating through pain, sickness, heartache, fear and uncertainty- I am certain that the very virtue and resolute strength that lives in love will prove to be the victor every time.
I have learned so many lessons about the strength that it takes to love. My favorite ones however come from the love scripture found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. which has helped me to understand that real love is what causes me to endure and persevere. Not only are these nuggets found there beautiful and poetic, they reveal the hidden power source that gives you strength to keeping going and loving if you let it!
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails… – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NIV