This just gave me chills

I know I’ve put a couple posts up today but I so felt moved to share this as well. Again another email, leave it to me but I hope you enjoy!

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It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease.

As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him for five years now. I was surprised, and asked him, “And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?”

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.”

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goosebumps on my arms, and thought “That is the kind of love I want in my life.” True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

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  1. True love is more than physical attraction, more than friendship even, in the end it's commitment. That's why marriages that have God as part of the partnership last longer, I think. When you promise Him that you will keep your vows to your spouse it's a lot harder to get in trouble because you might be real mad at your spouse but how can you be that mad at God, mad enough to break your promise to Him. Just an old married lady's perspective.

  2. Oh, this was so heartwarming! Isn't it awesome that God allows us to experience love through the love of other people?

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