60 Years: Love Intentional, Unconditional

Today my parents celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary.  Today my thoughts take me to their beginning, 60 years ago.  To many, a lifetime, and the span in between filled with joys, laughter, sadness, hardship, tragedies, successes and celebrations.  But if you were to ask them, they would say it was worth every moment.

Usually my posts are not real personal. I generally focus more on the positive, encouraging, adventurous, and explorations with many of my photographic discoveries.  Perhaps this post can include a bit of both.

Sixty years together is worth acknowledging.  Recently my dear sweet aunt and uncle celebrated 67 years together before he went to be with Jesus.  I miss him dearly, and value their years together.  I have so many fond memories of them.

There are examples all around us to inspire and encourage.

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Love is not something you can buy.  It doesn’t magically appear.  Love is something you do.  And the action of love will bond a relationship.  The action of love will strengthen a relationship.  In fact, that relationship has power to heal.  When my husband had open heart surgery several years ago, the nurse in the  ICU told me to stay as long as I wanted.  She said the patients who were surrounded and supported by loved ones, recovered more quickly.

I have also read that happily married couples live longer, recover from illness more quickly, have fewer mental disorders, and have healthier lifestyles. Of course finding that special someone isn’t always easy.  But watching my parents over the years, working through the tough times, and supporting one another in ways beyond the ordinary, is so inspiring. Anyone who knows them, knows what they have is real.

God gives second chances.  For those of us who did not discover life time love the first time around can still find it.  Sometimes lessons learned, and the examples around us, can help us find our true love “’til death do us part”.  I don’t believe it’s ever too late.

But you need to believe.

From 1 Corinthians 13 we learn:
If I have faith, but I don’t have love, I am nothing
If I give all that I have, but I don’t have love, I receive no benefit
Love is PATIENT
Love is KIND
Love is not envious
Love doesn’t brag, is not rude, is not self-serving
Love does not easily anger, or become resentful
Love rejoices in goodness
Love can carry through in hard times
Love believes in GOOD
Love is full of HOPE
LOVE ENDURES
LOVE NEVER ENDS

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Mom and Dad, I congratulate you!
And I say “Thank you” for the example you have been,
the love you share,
and the lives you have blessed.
♥ I am truly grateful ♥

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I got my passion for the beach and the sea from my mother.
I will forever feel her spirit when I feel the ocean wind in my face, smell the salt in air and wiggle my toes in the sand!

MOM and DAD:
Here’s to many more years of life, love and JOY together!

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Naomi says:

    Your dad and I are truly touched by this beautiful tribute, Lisa.

    Thank you ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Irene says:

    What a great testimony of God being in the center of a marriage. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! I agree completely!

      Liked by 1 person

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