The weather here in southwest Tennessee has been dreary, cold and gray for days. Perhaps that’s the reason for this longing of past days. Or the lack of hugs in the isolation and lock down. Whatever it is, I am missing every one of you.
I have heard there are two kinds of people: those who connect slowly and disconnect quickly or those who connect quickly and disconnect slowly. What about those who never disconnect? That would be me. I want to hold tight to every sweet memory I have of you— never letting go.
And for sure, that is not possible, but if I could, I would. And this Valentine’s weekend, I am remembering all the banquets I cooked at our church in Kingsport, Tennessee. What perfectly, wonderful fun times. And then all the dinners in our homes… wherever we lived at the time… for Valentine love feasts. The dinners in Vienna shared with internationals from around the world will forever bring joy.
Then we would not have ventured to parts of the world and met you. Today, I counted the different houses and places we have lived since we married 57 years ago… would you believe 23?
Every move, every place brought someone special into our lives. We loved quickly. What a sad day when we said good-bye to the Vienna United Nations Bible study group in August 2008. A sweet friend from India softly said, “We just knew you loved us, Barb.” And so I did. It is difficult to turn lose when you love fiercely.
“Dear Friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God… I John 4:7. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” V 11-12.
I often say memory is one of God’s essential gifts to us. How poor we would be without the joy of remembering each other. This Valentine’s I pray you are blessed with special memories of those you love and have loved. And for you, my unknown reader, I am sure I would love you.
Tom is my first and forever romantic Valentine, of course, but this day, I am thinking of each of you. “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy…” Philippians 1:3
I can’t be too homesick… I have you in my heart.