In Sickness and In Health

Tenderness and devotion are two words that are easier seen than defined.  There really is no way to explain these two words with more words.  However, when you see them in practice their meanings are profound.

Life brings with it some of the saddest consequences.  Tragedy can beset and plague someone without warning and change everything about their life.  I am thinking about a recent visit I had with an elderly couple.  Her mind and body are failing, Alzheimer’s disease has changed most of who she used to be.  Fear, confusion, anger and violence has replaced confidence, surety, compassion and gentleness.  The loving, compassionate woman of past years is gone sometimes so far away that remembrance of her is nearly impossible.

It amazes me that tenderness and devotion remains in a relationship that is now only seemingly one sided.  A husband devoted to caring for the woman he committed to in “sickness and in health.”  These last years of their life together are challenging and filled with determined caring love.  I’ve met in this man a husband who cherishes this woman so much that no matter how hard the difficulty, he finds joy in giving and caring for his wife.

I pray for this elderly couple.  But I don’t really know what to pray.  Its so hard to comprehend that what I see as tragedy is bringing such beauty and deep soul changing lessons on love, tenderness and devotion for a world to witness.  This is only one of many examples of true love going on all around us.

Do you have a story about people who are devoted even during hardship?  Please share it with us.

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One Comment on “In Sickness and In Health”

  1. Abby Jackson Says:

    My sister in law had Alzheimers also. Her husband rearranged his whole life around her, so he was there for her at all times. We lost my dear sister in law 3 years ago, due to health problems related to Alzheimers and my brother in law was there through sickness and in health till dealth did them part. He is a testimony to all young and old that love can with stand hard times, if only you are willing to work at it and have God and Jesus in yor life.

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