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.
I remember the time Tom resigned from our very first church; we sat on the porch that Sunday afternoon and cried. He said, “If I had known leaving is this hard, I think we should stay.”
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.
Always enjoy your post and I also thank God for the homes we have lived in and the many memories of those our Father has allowed us to have and cherish those life experiences. Hope we have made a small contribution in their lives as their footprints are so precious in our hearts and minds as the Father allows us to bring to remembrance those friendships, the laughs and even the tears shared one with another in the hard times. May you and Tom have a wonderful Valentine Day looking back on the past and looking forward to what He has instore for us in the future.
Thank you Barb for sharing and reminding us to love one another as God loves us; on this special day… Valentine’s Day. ☀️🌻
I so enjoy reading your blog! I hope you and Tom are doing well. Maybe someday soon we can have a family reunion or something. It would be so nice to see y’all. Miss you and love you. God bless