I will never regret forget foot in that store on that snowy winter day.
As I stepped inside the new bookstore, the warmth from the heater was a
sanctuary for my frozen ears; and the smell of the fresh baked goods was just a bonus.
As I hung up my coat and hat, a young man caught my attention. A tall fellow with shoulder length sandy hair, and mesmerizing green eyes that were fixed on one of my favorite books: Silas Marner.
As I approached him, his eyes shifted from the book to me; which made my heart skip a beat.
“Silas…Marner...” I stuttered, trying not to sound as if I was a chipmunk, yet not succeeding too well.
“Yes, George Elliot is one of my favorite authors.”
His voice sounded as if heaven had an escapee; his voice strong yet comforting.
That’s what started it all. Three months later, we went on our first date. Three years later, we were engaged and excitedly awaiting for our magical day.
One afternoon, five months before out wedding day, Steven was having lunch at my house when he suddenly put down his fork and fixed his eyes upon mine.
“Anna?” Steven asked as he took my hand.
“Yes, what is it?” I asked nervously.
“You want our wedding to be truthful and pure in heart right?”
“Of course, what are you getting at?” His hand tightened around mine.
“Then I want to have God at the center of our marriage.”
From that point on, I knew that we would be together forever.
Five months later we became husband and wife. Eight years later, I gave birth to twin girls. Before we knew it, Steven and I were grandparents of six beautiful grandchildren. Steven always loved to teach them what it meant to have a Christ-centered life. That was Steven’s best quality, spreading God’s word through life experiences.
Now, as I stand here before you all: family, friends, co-workers; I want you all to know that I wasn’t Steven’s first love. Only God could’ve ever filled that spot in Steven’s heart. That is why I would like to bury Steven with his most prized possession: his Bible. And on his Bible, a sheet of paper with his favorite verse: Deuteronomy 6:5.
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all you might.”
Deut. 6:5, NASB
Because that’s what Steven did: loved the LORD with all his heart, with all his soul and with all his might. Steven was the perfect husband. I will miss him, yet I know that he is celebrating; and I can’t wait to see him again.
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