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Topic: Write in the ROMANCE genre (04/19/07)
TITLE: Unquenchable Love
By Pamela Kliewer
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I couldn’t take this any more! How many times would this issue come up and still not be resolved? I was sick and tired of the turmoil that continued to dog us every time we turned around. You’d think after that many times ‘around the block’ we would be somewhere by now. But nooo. Once again we were at each other’s throats. Fighting.
This was marriage? Ha! This was turning out to be a joke. But. Hadn’t we promised? To love … always? No matter what? Our commitment ran strong, our love deep. We would weather whatever life threw our way. Right now, though, my heart hurt and I wanted things to be better between us again.
A soft tapping on the door. “Honey, please, can I come in?”
My reply was muffled as I mumbled yes, my face buried in a pillow. I wanted this over just as much as he did.
We got through that time and many others after it… learning, growing, becoming.
‘What’s wrong, honey?”
“How do you do that?” This man amazed me. He notices my every shifting mood. What’s up with that?
“How do I do what, dear?”
“Know when something is bothering me? You can tell so often when something is on my mind.”
“Because I know you. I love you.”
After almost 23 years of marriage you’d think I’d be used to it. But I’m not. My heart still leaps within me to know that I’m loved that much. It truly is amazing.
Our marriage started out with us being two kids who didn’t know what in the world they were doing. Sure we were 23; fledglings who didn’t know how to fly. Immaturity dogged us that first year or two. We struggled to know how to communicate, to express ourselves so to be understood. Piece of cake, right? No. Very often the misunderstandings were so great that we would find ourselves threatening bodily harm to ourselves… just to get the other’s attention. Wake up! I’m hurting here and you’re not seeing!
Time moved forward. Issues came up, not just once, not just twice, but over and over again. Hurt feelings, harsh words flung at each other – each of us wishing they could be taken back. I’m sorries said, hugs and kisses given. All is well… until… the next time the issue comes up. Sighs of frustration.
And now we have learned. We have matured; eagles who can soar on the love that has grown and been created between us. Many conversations, many tears later we are here at this moment in time, loving each other deeply. We talk. We share. We love. We care. Harshness has been replaced by gentleness. We see each other; it’s more than just seeing – it’s a knowing that comes from really looking. From being attuned to each other’s hearts.
The vows we said almost 23 years ago are more precious now than on that hot June day they were spoken. They are solidified in our hearts. Young love has been replaced by covenant love. Always there has been commitment – we vowed to never allow the “D” word to be spoken between us, to never use it as a threat. Because of commitment and strong love given us by our Father in heaven, we know we are in a covenant never to be broken except by death.
I know that the words in the Song of Solomon describe our love. “Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give love all the wealth of his house it would be utterly despised.” (i)
Our love has stood the test of time, immaturity, and trials of many kinds. It is the grace of our Lord that has seen us through and brought us to where we are today. Nothing has been able to drown what the Lord purposed from the beginning of time to be our love. We are stronger today for what we have endured and Lord willing, we will keep on growing and changing as we cling tightly to His hand, learning to love more and more from the One who loves us most.
(i) Song of Solomon 8:7 (NKJV)
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