Love Is... Part Two

I found the little book on her beside table while she was at National Health Care for several weeks of rehab. Someone from my wife’s school must have stopped by and left it as an encouragement. I had the room to myself for a few minutes so I opened the little journal and began to read the handwritten notes on the once empty pages.

Teachers and staff repeatedly wrote the following. “We miss your smiling face, your sweet smile, your constant encouragement, your sweet loving nature. You are one of the most gracious ladies I’ve ever known. You are an inspiration to me and to so many others. Your kindness to all is one of the things I always admired about you. Continue to fight the fight. His glory shines through you. You are one of the kindest people I have ever met.”

Love is KIND!

Forty-two days ago her lifeless body was laid to rest, but her legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of so many who were touched by her true beauty. Present and former students, teachers, staff, medical personnel, friends, and family tearfully walked by her casket, saddened by her death. Sweet Sue, a title she was given by hospital staff, was gone, but her life touched so many along the way, especially in her last seven months.

Thirty-five years ago this coming Monday (6/19/82) she pledged her forever love to me, and I thank God she did! My sweetheart loved with kindness to the very end. I will be forever blessed by the love we shared.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
— 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

The world is not a very pretty place right now. Perhaps, a little kindness will help.

Stan Means
Elder Source Senior Ministries
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