During my short time working at the retirement home, I’ve come to realize something again. I’ve come to learn (or rather relearn) what love really means. Let me illustrate this for you. I spend the last part of my shift clearing tables of tablecloths, napkins, silverware, etc. Most of the time it’s just boring, but occasionally something will catch my eye. Here is where my story begins.
I picked up a stemmed glass or two and place them on a nearby server tray. Clink! The glasses meet up with an earlier placed glass on the tray. I look up only to place them a bit farther apart when I see through the glass as a man bends cautiously over his wife’s lap and places her left foot on the wheelchair footrest; he repeats with the right. “There you go! Comfy, honey?” The wife smiles and kisses him gently on the cheek. I smile and turn back to the table. The husband ambles towards my table, which tonight happens to be near the main door of the dinning room. “Good night, folks!” I say looking up again with a big smile on my face. “Good night, see you tomorrow?” I nod. For a change I’m working two nights in a row. “Well, thanks for your wonderful service.” “Well, thank you!” I reply. As the couple leaves, I glance around the room to see where my next table is and I see another couple; the woman reaches across the table and wipes a bit of something off her husband’s face. “You forgot something there, sweetie.” He smiles and then reaches across to the pitcher of water. “More water?” She smiles, too. In good times and bad; in sickness and health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life. I find myself saying in my head. This-this is what love really means. You stand by someone even if their health is failing; it’s a shame many people today do not know what that means.
As I think on this, young people today say “I love you!” as casually as “hello!” It’s lost its meaning. It’s great to hear people love each other, but I wonder if it’s just a passing thought or if they really care on a deep level. Love is not just something to casually pass over and not give a second thought.
“For God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, so that whosoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life!” (John 3:16) To love someone that deeply, that you would give your own son or your own life, that is truly what it means to love someone! To give until there’s nothing left to give “…[to] love people…that’s the center of the mark!” (Center of the Mark by 4Him, 1999) and that is what I’ve decided is the real meaning of love and that is what I mean every time when I sign off with “Love and prayers!” as I truly do love each of you with this deep love even though some of you I may never meet in person (though I pray we will one day).
That being said, I’m going to sign off here as I still have much to do before bed tonight. Take care and I’ll write again soon!
Love and prayers, as always! ❤