LOVE THAT BINDS
Bill and Jean have been married for just over 63 years. They are in their 80's now, with four children, several grand children and great grand children. They had a full life with the usual ups and downs that is common in all marriages. They have weathered the storms and now in their twilight years they are close to each other than ever.
Bill is an extrovert with a keen sense of humor. He always have a joke to tell or a wise crack to make. His greatest joy comes from making others laugh. He has a bumper sticker on his car that reads, "Marriage is finding that one special person you can annoy for the rest of your life.”
Bill is a family man in every sense of the word, he loves his family and he is there for them whenever they need him. He is a jack of all trades and literally built with his own hands the home that he and Jean still share today.
Jean is a bit introverted, but a kind and gentle woman. Someone you would be blessed to have as a friend. She is thoughtful, caring and generous, a pleasure to be around. Together with Bill they have a close knit family that enjoy spending time together, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and in-between times. Jean loves people and is known for her hospitality to friends and family alike.
Over the last few years, Jean's health has been deteriorating, not so much physically as mentally. She has been suffering from depression and melancholy. This is not a continuous state, however, the bouts seem to be occurring more frequently. Through it all Bill has been unwavering in his devotion to his beloved wife. The bond between them remains steadfast and strong.
God in His wisdom has placed everyone in families and joined them together with an invisible bond of love. A love that binds them together whether far or near. For richer or poorer, in good times and bad times, in sickness and in health. This type of love is not found only among family members but among friends and among Christians whether they know each other or not.
Back in the eighteenth century a Baptist pastor by the name of John Fawcett wrote a poem titled “Bless Be the Tie That Binds.” It was later put to music and it’s a hymn that we still sing today. One of the verses of this hymn aptly describes how it is when we are bound together by love.
We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear,
And often for each other flows
The sympathising tear
Followers of Christ are known by the love they have one for another. Love is what draws us to God and Him to us. Love binds us together.
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