52 years together

I spoke with a man today who, on Monday, lost his wife of 52 years. We were planning her memorial service and he was sharing stories about his wife. He holds her memory close to his heart. It is usual for family members to say kind things about their loved ones who have recently departed. But this was different. He spoke with simple but compelling words. His sincerity was obvious. In speaking of his wife’s faith, he said simply, “she tried to live the Christian life.” I was stuck by the depth of his statement. I believe him, I believe that she tried and succeeded in living the Christlife. If she hadn’t, he would have known. You can’t hide for 52 years.

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