Our friend, Quina passed away so quickly on Friday that we were saying that the angels must have had to hurry to prepare a place at the table next to Jesus. Quina was born in Brazil and came to the U.S. with her family about 20 years ago. Her life while simple and not without its own struggles has been an amazing example of Christian love for those who truly knew her. She and her beloved William who shared together 55 years of marriage have been the truest models of faithfulness and love that I have been given the privilege to know. William left on his eternal journey almost exactly two years ago and today Quina has joined him there on the other side where Jesus waits.
Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away Matthew 14:22
The disciples came to land,
Thus obeying Christ’s command,
For the Master called unto them, “Come and dine”;
There they found their heart’s desire,
Bread and fish upon the fire;
Thus He satisfies the hungry every time
From Come and Dine by Charles Widemeyer
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins 1 Peter 4:8
Being married for a lifetime has been a journey in which I have continued to learn what Peter means about covering love. Marriage can be at the same time both a celebration and a battleground. In our every day lives there are moments when things just seem to break down. Then when the lines of communication are down it is easy for us to wound one another with our words. But at the moment of injury nothing matters more than resting on the unconditional love that comes from God. God’s love is that protective ointment that binds up and gives time and space for wounds to heal. Experiencing that wonderful healing binds us closer together again and again and in it we begin to uncover just a bit of God’s eternal and unconditional love!.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:7
Remembering 41 Years of never giving up, always trying to be hopeful and still working on getting to know each other!
Next week we will celebrate 40 years together and this song really touched a spot in my heart!