An Example of Love

Danny and I actually went out to eat together before church last night. This is a miracle for several reasons, including our conflicting schedules, his on-call status and the need to be frugal with our finances.

But there we were, and I loved every minute of it. We even used the few minutes we had to stand in line waiting for our food to hold hands and talk. That's my favorite part of any day.

A woman stepped up to us while she was waiting and said, "Don't ever stop doing this. I buried my husband last February after 48 years of marriage. Don't ever stop doing what you're doing."

Danny told me later that he had been on that funeral service and remembered her. I was absolutely without words. Something that I had been in desperate need of - time alone with my husband - she would never have again this side of Heaven.

I was heart-broken for her, thinking about nearly five decades of loving, caring, living and working together with the same person. That just made me hold Danny a little tighter that night and pray a little extra when we got to church.

This passage from Titus is one of the only places in the New Testament where it talks about wives loving their husbands. There are many verses that talk about respect and submission, but these speak of being an example of love.

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5

Are we an example of loving our husbands? I think about the old couples you see eating out together, but they're not talking, not making eye contact or even really aware of each other. At least that's what it looks like to an outsider.

Danny told me just the other day that he wants to get back to the way we used to be - when people could tell we were in love just by looking at us. No words necessary.

We're not talking about PDAs or acting like teenagers, but that bright, shining love that comes from deep-seeded places. I know I want to be an example of loving my husband. I want more people, like the woman at the restaurant, to know how much I love Danny and how much I love the Lord.

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