My Mom and Dad recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 9th! They had a really nice time together celebrating the day with friends, and reminiscing about their special day 60 years ago, when they first said, “I do..” To me they are both a great source of inspiration, wisdom and love! Although I live some distance away, I call often to visit with them on the phone. I really enjoy spending time with them whether in person or over the phone.
Seeing how hard they have worked on their relationship to keep it happy and keep each other both loved and well over the years has been an incredible journey to be a part of. I admire them a great deal! In this day and age of instant gratification, brief relationships, and broken families; much can be learned from the generation who believed in fixing what was broken, rather then throwing it away to be replaced by a new one.
My Mom once told me she and Dad never considered divorce an option. They always clung to their faith in God to guide them, and their love for one another to help them through all the hardships the years brought them. I trust he will continue to bless them and help them throughout their remaining years. God is so faithful and good to us. Many of the problems and hardships we endure in this world could be avoided if we chose to follow the path of Divine love. To live with loving-kindness, compassion and forgiveness as our constant guides, we will have much happier lives.
I am deeply grateful to my parents, for the legacy of love they have set before me. An example of unconditional love, kindness, compassion and forgiveness that carried them through 60 years of both good times and bad. They always have practiced “not letting the sun go down on their anger.” They seek to settle things as soon as possible, and live peacefully with each other, and friends, neighbors and family too.
My Dads favorite bible verse is 1 Corinthians 13, and my Moms is Galatians 5:1. I think these and many other inspiring passages they love have helped them through all these years, still together, very much in love and still holding hands!
My parents legacy taught me this, not with just these words from 1 Corinthians 13, but by their example.
- 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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
- 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
- 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
- 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
- 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
- 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
May your life also be blessed with a life time of love for our Creator, yourself and family members, along with all your friends, co-workers and people you encounter along the way.
Namaste. Practice, Love, kindness, compassion and forgiveness, and peace will bless your life, come what may.