• Published
  • By Chaplain (Capt.) Meade Adams
  • 2nd Bomb Wing Chapel

I had the honor of officiating at a funeral this week for the husband of a parishioner. The couple had shared life together for 58 years. 58 years! That is longer than most of you reading this have been alive. What does it mean to share a life together for 58 years? I believe primarily it means to be committed to love. Undoubtedly, a marriage that lasts that long went through several ups and downs. It went through seasons that changed and shifted. It went through trials and tribulations. But it lasted because there was a commitment to love.

What is love? Is it the feeling of warm-fuzzies and butterflies in your stomach? I guarantee you a marriage or any relationship based on those feelings will not last 58 years, because warm-fuzzies come and go. What lasts is the commitment. It is the decision that no matter what comes our way we are not going anywhere. It is a commitment to growth and development. It is a commitment to elevating the other person above ourselves. It is selflessness.

As human beings we all have a fundamental desire to love and to be loved. My challenge to you this week then is to love those that are in your life and love them well. Cherish that gift of love and don’t let it go. Whether you’re married or single love those in your life. Love is an amazing gift--treasure it.