Sitting by a candle, I hear your gentle voice. I watch your shadow, like a Nightingale, as you wisp across the living room floor. I begin to write. Reflecting as I so often do, I wonder why God wanted you and me to wait so long to find each other. A lifetime, practically – from youth and vitality to the weary, weathered wilderness. We are left to try to explore what’s left of life. The babies are grown and raising their own as we try to remind ourselves of our childhood.
I love you as though our whole world belonged to us. You are my Nightingale in the shadows. The candle still burns after thirty some years. I can only imagine if we were able to rewrite the past.
Watching now, you are a silhouette against the memories of what I so dearly wished for all my days. My life has been so full of disappointments only to realize yours was too. How I wish I could have known your mom, so she was assured her baby girl is so dearly loved! I guess now it’s only God who passes her the messages.
I’ll sit in the candlelight, praying and watching you wisp by me again. Every day there’s another incident that reminds me of the times we missed. Now I ask God to grant us those moments.
It’s late. I should have gone to bed an hour ago. Though my heart yearns for your passion, I must be patient. Love, like a letter, is bottled and sent adrift as I wait for your arrival. Yes, we both execute our mornings differently, but we pray for each other and bury the hurts from yesteryears. I’ll call at midday just to say, “I love you”.
God has answered prayers as we could never have imagined. Here we are in each other’s arms and thanking Jesus for walking with us. Everyday Lord, we bless your Holy name. So appreciative, we now have each other….
Do You Know…..
- Engagement rings are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because the ancient Greeks maintained that that finger contains the vena amoris, or the “vein of love,” that runs straight to the heart. The first recorded wedding rings appear in ancient Egypt, with the circle representing eternity as well as powerful sun and moon deities.
- The enduring symbol of love, Cupid (or Eros) is said to have come from Chaos (“The Yawning Void”) and represents the primitive forces of love and desire.
- Since ancient Greece, the apple has been a symbol of love. The Celts believed that the apple represented love because it lasted so long after being picked.
- A four-leaf clover is often considered good luck, but it is also part of an Irish love ritual. In some parts of Ireland, if a woman eats a four-leaf clover while thinking about a man, supposedly he will fall in love with her.
- When someone looks at a new love, the neural circuits that are usually associated with social judgment are suppressed.
- Timing significantly influences love. Individuals are more likely to fall in love if they are looking for adventure, craving to leave home, lonely, displaced in a foreign country, passing into a new stage of life, or financially and psychologically ready to share themselves or start a family.
- The maple leaf is a symbol of love in China and Japan—and in North America, it was often engraved on beds of early settlers to promote peaceful sleep and pleasure.
- The longer and more deliberate a courtship, the better the prospects for a long marriage. People who have intense, Hollywood-type romances at the beginning are more likely to divorce.
- Romantic love lasts just over a year, perhaps because the brain cannot eternally maintain a revved-up state of romantic bliss. As romantic love wanes, attachment love, a more stable love, sets in.
- The heart is a common symbol of love and can represent the wings of a dove, which was sacrificed in ancient Israel as a gesture of love and which also served as a symbol of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.
- Scientists suggest that most people will fall in love approximately seven times before marriage.