It’s one thing to show your love for someone when everything is going fine and life is smooth. But when the “in sickness and in health” part kicks in and sickness does enter your lives, you’re tested. Your resilience is tested. Patti Davis
Meditation: Living with a partner who you love “until death do you part” is a journey most of us have not been on before, until we experience those days, months and years of illness or suffering. Witnessing several couples go through times of illness or other challenges together, I observed how the suffering often brought the couple closer together. Especially intimate moments are being shared, though surrounded by pain and by sadness. Many times I observed how resilient the partners became. The relationship itself seemed to also become stronger than ever before. I noticed that the couples I witnessed all had a spiritual source they drew from to help them through the “dark valley” experiences. When couples journey on, whether the partner becomes healthy again or even if one of the partners dies, they have been transformed. The meaning of love has a totally new dimension and depth. Resilient love for the other and then also for ourselves protects us from despair and destruction.
Prayer: God of illness and health, God of life and God of death, we are amazed at the depth of love that is possible. Thank you for guiding us through the shadows of death. Thank you for being with us in those valley experiences of darkness. We are grateful. Amen
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.
2. Corinthians 4:8-9