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UNFAILING LOVE/COMMITTMENT:


The following letter appeared in the Ann Lander’s newspaper column a few years ago. It is a great image of what marital love is like.


"Dear Ann Landers: I’m going to tell you about a love story that I witness every time I go to the nursing home to see my husband who has Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, I know firsthand how this terrible illness affects family members, but I would like the world to know what love really is. I see a man who, I understand, has spent the last eight years caring for his wife who has Alzheimer’s. They have been married more than 50 years. He cooks and feeds her every bite of food she eats. He has bathed her and dressed her every day all these years. They have no other family. She lost a baby at birth and they never had any more children. "I cannot describe the tenderness and love that man shows for his wife. She is unable to recognize anyone, including him. The only things she shows any interest in are two baby dolls. They are never out of her hands. "I observed him when I parked my car beside his the other day. He sat in his old pickup truck for a few minutes, then he patted down, what little hair he had, straightened the threadbare collar of his shirt and looked in the mirror for a final check before going in to see his wife. It was as if he were courting her. They have been partners all these years and have seen each other under all kinds of circumstances, yet he carefully groomed himself before he called on his wife, who wouldn’t even know him. This is an example of the love and commitment the world needs today."


(seen in "Marriage by Design," by Jason Freeman: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=79738&ContributorID=6244) (Used in "Four Essentials to Great and Godly Marriages," by Steve Miller: http://www.sermoncentral.com/contributor_admin/sermon_view.asp?SermonID=88302)

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