True Love Never Gets Old

True Love Never Gets Old

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A few days ago was “Grandparents’ Day.” It’s the day we honor Lolo and Lola who bore our parents and in many cases have also helped our parents raise us. Young people today would often gush at old couples who hold hands while walking in malls or parks. Their skin is aged and sagging but their relationship as husband and wife seem more alive than the young loves we see in tv and movies. “Aww! Sweet old couple! Sana ganun din ako someday.”

Most of the time we take the kilig picture in romantic comedy films/tv series and place it on old couples we see in real life. We only think of the wedding day and how beautiful it would be—but barely do we dwell on what happens in the days of the next fifty years (or so) of a marriage. I’ve talked to elderly couples and dreamy-eyed teenagers would do well to listen to them. These couples never arrived on their 5th or 10th year anniversary without terrible fights. There were days when they woke up beside their spouse and asked themselves, “Did I make the right decision?” There were just days when there wasn’t any love at all.

Grandparents who’ve kept their marriage strong did not have daily sweet lovey dovey moments. What these lolos and lolas have that made their relationship last for so long is the understanding of marriage, and the vows they promised to fulfill during their wedding day some decades ago. Marriage is a covenant that God ordained between one man and woman to last for a lifetime. It is not guided by spur of the moment feelings but by understanding that it’s a union of two imperfect people who will support and care for each other despite the absence of passionate emotions.

To all grandparents who’ve kept their marriage throughout the long years of joy, laughter, tears, and pain, we salute you. You are a picture of True Love that never gets old. May God continue to bless your marriage with more years. Happy Grandparents’ Day!

Do You Know Someone?

Do You Know Someone?

Isolated. Hopeless. Abandoned. Lonely.  We all know the feeling…

..when a loved one walks away

..when a friend we trust betrays us

..when we hurt and nobody understands

..when we just want to shout to let it all out

..when people are around, but love is nowhere to be found

..when we think we have it all, yet inside we feel empty

At the end of the day, you stand in front of the mirror and say, “I wish I had never been born.” We’ve all been there. But we are alive—created in this world for a purpose, living because we are loved, surviving because SOMEONE cares. Yes, there is SOMEONE. The truth is we are never alone..

while everyone walks away, SOMEONE is willing to stay

while faced with betrayal, there is still SOMEONE we can trust

while we think nobody understands when we hurt, SOMEONE can heal our wound

while we shout it out, SOMEONE is willing to listen

while you can’t find love, SOMEONE will bring you true love

while you feel empty, SOMEONE can fill the void

That Someone is Christ. The Ultimate Someone who gave us life by giving up his own. Not just a life, but a beautiful life specially planned, crafted, and laid out for each of us. He is our Friend, our Comfort, our Rescue, our ALL. Oftentimes we find our identity in men, the media or in the mirror, but it is only in Christ do we find our true identity. He knows you, He is aware of what you are going through every single day, and He has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to bring you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11His plans are as beautiful as the person He made you to be.

That someone can be your brother and sister in Christ. God has a plan for all of us and part of that plan is that we walk in community with others. There is a brother or sister who is willing to walk with you in the journey. A person who, like you—like us—faces trials and temptations but has committed to take the road to eternal life. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) If you’re looking for that someone, the True Love Waits family is here to welcome you. Together, let us find strength in Christ.

That someone can be you. Be an ear to the other who is unheard. Reach out your hand to them who longs for God’s loving touch. Be the eyes for those who feel lost. Be the feet that will jump for joy when the other is bursting with praises! Be a brother or a sister to another beautiful person—in good times and in bad. Celebrate life together for it is while walking together that we bring victory to those who have not yet been born to God’s saving grace.

Our prayer is that you find the courage to find that SOMEONE, be that SOMEONE, and accept the ULTIMATE SOMEONE in your life right now. There is a wonderful journey ahead of you, ahead of us. Hop in and let’s ride together.

You are never meant to live life alone.

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6

 

Guest post by Carmela Ann Santos, TLW Volunteer