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A LOVE STORY
For All Times
I must be getting old. Songs from bygone years seem to creep back into my mind, recalling bittersweet memories of my youth.
Tom and I wrote many letters to each other in those years during World War II when we lived 3,000 miles apart. We first met at ages eleven and twelve through our mothers who had been childhood playmates in the "Old Country," a term identifying the original home of immigrants. We began to write letters when we were both in high school, knowing somehow, even then, we were meant to be together, someday, to find our love face to face and to share a love always.
We got to know each other through these letters alone. We would fantasize our "Love Via Airmail" and made the popular song of the times, "Always," by Irving Berlin, "our" song.
With a love that's true,
When the things you've planned,
Need a helping hand,
I will understand,
Days may not be fair,
That's when I'll be there,
Not for just an hour,
Not for just a day,
Not for just a year,
Irving Berlin (1925)
When I returned home, our letters continued back and forth. In all the voluminous letter-writing between us during those years, we would close each letter from the heart with, "Always," and continued to sing "our song," each alone, while I finished my college education. It wasn't until I was ready to graduate two years later that Tom made his final trip west for that event, followed by our wedding two months later!
"Always." They don't make songs like that anymore," I muse. Though it is a delightful story of two young people in love, I have discovered the song to be much more than just that!
It's the story of God's love with us! Think of it! God loves each one of us always, with a love that's true in Jesus, always. When things go wrong and we need help, He's there for us, always! Days may not be fair, always. That's when He'll be there, always. Not just temporarily for an hour, a day or even a year, and even more than always...but eternally! Never ever to be separated from God because of the sacrifice and resurrection of His Son!
I've told you our love story. But that God loves every one of us is surely the greatest love story of all!
The following ageless word from the Lord still resonates:
(1 Peter 5:6,7)
ALWAYS THE SAME
Why do you question, dear one?
(c) Constance Vanides
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