Unconditional Love

I’ve been a little absent this past month or so.  In March I had to go through something that everyone goes through at some point, but that doesn’t make it any easier.  I lost a grandparent.  I’m not going to spend this entire post talking about death.  I’m going to use this post to talk about love.

Ever since I was a child, my grandparents have been such a wonderful display of love.  One of those grandparents in my Grandma Jane.  She is the most patient and kind individual I’ve ever known.  For the last several years, she has spent her life (she would never admit it) taking care of my grandpa.  His health was a roller coaster until the end, but she never stopped doing everything she could to keep him healthy and fit.

My grandpa was 92 year old.  I can’t even begin to tell you what they did during just this past year.  They saw ZZ Top, The Four Seasons, several Cardinals baseball games, multiple musicals and plays at the Fabulous Fox in St. Louis, the list goes on.  Y’all these people are my goals! They kept busy and that kept them healthy and moving.

I had the privilege of being with my grandma in the hospital during portions of the stay.  Hard decisions were made.  We laughed and told stories and passed the time.  That’s something we know how to do!  Grandma and I are very experienced in story telling and passing time.  It one of our favorite things to do with each other…well at least one of my favorite things to do with her.  😉

I am so happy I was able to be there.  What I witnessed in my time there was 100%, absolute, pure love.  The care she continued to provide to my grandpa even though the nurses were there to do it all was such a representation of unconditional love.  I always hear these stories about love until the end; till death to us part.  It was at this point that I truly witnessed what that really meant.  To see two people so in love with each other like this until the end was one of the most beautiful things I have seen.  My grandma walked him to and through everything he encountered in his last days.  She was the absolute best caretaker I’ve ever witnessed.  I know I’m biased, but I think I will have several backing me up on this one.

I think about my life and my immediate family and how I would take care of them and I am so grateful to have the example that my grandma has placed in front of me on how to care for, to love, to give your own life at times, without complaint, because of the love you have for a person is beautiful.  It is one of the most beautiful displays of love there is.  She could be the definition of unconditional love on this earth.

As my heart still breaks for her as she is transitioning to living on her own and restructuring her days, I know she is going to be ok eventually.  Not only is the the kindest and most loving person I know, but she is one of the strongest and strong-willed people that I know.  She can stand her own for sure!  As I’m writing this, Im realizing she’s pretty much a super hero.  I’m thankful for the attributes that she has taught me and am trying to be just like her.

Here’s to spending more time together, sharing more stories with each other, and learning more and more life lessons with one of the most special people I’ve ever come to know in this life.

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‘For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. ‘ Romans 8:18

‘If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. ‘ 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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