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Love Felt

It was dark when I drove into the park. I thought I was alone until I saw a young man walking on the edge of the parking lot. He wasn’t dressed for exercise.

The backpack he carried looked heavy for his thin frame. I couldn’t see his face but I could tell he was anxious. He was walking around with no direction.

I got out of my car cautiously then thumbed through my Spotify stations and walked on the trail a short way while I readied my running app.

I was relieved when I saw the headlights of a small SUV turn into the park. Then I noticed the young man turn toward the vehicle and scurry toward it. The driver didn’t take the time to pull into a parking space. As soon as the vehicle stopped moving, she opened the door, jumped out of the driver’s seat and the two embraced.

I wanted to stop and stare. Was she a young woman? Were they lovers? Friends? Was she his mother or sister?

Instead of staring, I respected the sacredness of their moment and I started my run.

I don’t know how long the two had been separated. However long……was too long.

I know they were both happy to be reunited.

I hope they remember that blessed flash of time, that moment of love felt, when the hard work of loving continues.

Because it is work.

Relationships are the most hallowed work.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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  1. mywords2228 on November 3, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Great post!

  2. rubiescorner on November 3, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you. This was beautifully written.

  3. dawnlizjones on November 3, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    “I hope they remember that blessed flash of time, that moment of love felt, when the hard work of loving continues.” Great quote. So true, as many parents can attest to. Makes me think of the story of the prodigal son.

    • mariegriffith on November 3, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Me too Dawn. The picture was taken by my oldest daughter on our trip to CO visiting our son. She caught me and my son having a talk then embracing. I had forgotten that moment until I downloaded all the pics onto my computer. What a joy I felt when I saw it.

  4. poetryandnook on November 4, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    I really felt the love in this writing how fleeting or long ir short it has been we should just enjoy the moment. Thank you for sharing. I wanted to just hug my loved ones today!

    • mariegriffith on November 5, 2016 at 12:40 am

      Thank you. We should treasure those moments.

  5. ashleycarteryoga on December 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Beautiful and heartfelt

  6. AdashofJhaee on May 24, 2017 at 5:05 pm

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  8. Megha's World on February 28, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Beautiful words about love.

  9. Mabel R. Nyazika on September 22, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful I am amazed Marie how you realised how important that moment was for them, I am sure they needed the space.
    I thought of how I need space to connect with God when I have drifted away from him just getting back into his presence is very special.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • marieg on September 22, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      Mabel, my friend, so good to hear from you. Thank you for your thoughtful words. You are a source of encouragement and blessing to me. Hope all is well.

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