Thursday, July 31, 2008

THANKFUL abounds

Today is a special THANKFUL THURSDAY for me, I have so much to be grateful for today... but dear to my heart this evening is realizing that love truly does abound...

It's a love story. A story of two who loved each other so much, but found themselves apart so many times that they often wondered if truly love did abound?

Their story begins while their hearts were young and still in high school. Some would call it forbidden love. He pursued her heart, but she was unable to date until she was 18 years old. So a friendship developed instead over their final year in high school. The summer after graduation, she turned 18 and the minute she turned of age, he found himself on her doorstep.


A summer of courtship soon ended when she went off to college in another city. Leaving him behind, he continued in his daily schedule of working, sleeping, and eating. But during it all, his heart beat for her. Missing her while she was so far away. The phones calls. The letters. The e-mails. It was the beat in his heartbeat.


After a year of separation, he enlisted in the military. This decision could possibly cost him his heart and his love. The separation would now take them futher miles apart. Would their love withstand the test of time?


Two years have gone by. She in college and him going from base to base in different states. The distance between them allowed infrequent visits, but many phones calls, letters, and e-mails soon strengthened their friendship and love. Possibly distance does make the heart fonder?


Just when the distance seemed unbearable, the orders came in for him... OVERSEAS for the next year. She had one more year of college...could their love possibly withstand this kind of distance?


One final leave before going overseas, the airman finds his way home to see the love of his life. Trying to make time stand still, and making the most of their precious time together, he arranges a night for her to remember. A cruise on a boat down the Mississippi river, followed by a dinner at her favorite italian restuarant. The evening takes a turn when he takes his true love on a horse and buggy ride. Just as the sun was setting, he asks the driver of the carriage to stop. He gets down on his knee and asks this beautiful woman he has loved for so long to be his wife. She accepts.


This is not a made up love story. This truly happened. The airman in this story is my son Jeremy and the beautiful woman is his beloved Rachel. Tomorrow at 4 pm, they will be married. A whirlwind romance that has survived time, survived distance and survived the odds. The romantic proposal happened a little over a week ago and before he leaves to serve our country in korea next week, he wanted no more distance to be between them. This is their love story. Love DOES abound! (y'all can say awwww now!)

"and this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more..."

The love of God also abounds. And He is looking for His bride (the church) to be ready for the time that is near. In the book of Revelation, it tells us to rejoice! "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready."


For other grateful hearts, you can visit Iris who hosts THANKFUL THURSDAY and read more thankful posts. FIND THEM HERE!


Denise said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful story of true love. May God always bless over their precious love. Praying for your son Jeremy as he leaves to serve our country.

Nancie said...

This is such a touching and beautiful thankful post. Thanks for sharing this lovely account with us.Thank God for the wonderful ways He worked for your son and his beloved. I rejoice with you for their wedding tomorrow and I pray that God be with you all and make it a most memorable and blessed occasion. I am so glad I stopped by. Take care and God bless you and your family!

Cheryl said...

AWWWWWW.....what a great thankful post!! You can feel the love you have for your child through this post. I can tell you are a special Mom! I have a son also. I really enjoyed my visit here. Thanks so much for sharing your story! God Bless~

Cheri said...


That is such a touching story! Something from a time long ago when people waited for what they wanted. What a story they will have to tell their children!

I love this photo of your son and, as I look at the time 6:54 pm, his new bride! It reminds me of an old time photo from back in the day. She has such an elegant beauty about her! I just absolutely love it! I have ever since you put it on your side bar of photos.

Thank you Jesus that romance is still alive.

Anonymous said...

That truly is a beautiful story! Praying their marriage is even stronger than the love that carried them through their courtship.

Praying your services today are blessed with a special touch from the Holy Spirit.

Peggy said...

Bless them both Laurie...and thanks for the extra Thankful Thursday! I thought the first one I read today was beautiful but this LOVE was made for heaven. Much HOPE for a blessed day! May the love that kept them together continue now in this time ahead! I pray this is the start of a memorable and blessed union with all the LOVE GOD intends for these two to share and carry! Thank you for sharing this SPECIAL LOVE that abounds!Congrats! Overflowing blessings on all!