This week, my husband and I are celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary. It seems like just yesterday we were graduating from college, getting our first jobs, and getting engaged. I thought I knew what love was 22 years ago back when I was getting married – after all, I was standing up before family, friends and God to commit to a person until death do us part – but now I see what love is. It’s everyday. Loving someone takes place every single day. Everyday love.
Mother Teresa, who is someone who has never been married but devoted her life to loving God and those she helped, understands love and what she wrote really spoke to me about love and marriage.
“Don’t think that love, to be true, has to be extraordinary. What is necessary is to continue to love. How does a lamp run, if it is not by the continuous feeding of little drops of oil? When there is no oil, there is no light and the bridegroom will say: “I do not know you.” Dear friends, what are our drops of oil in our lamps? They are the small things from everyday life: the joy, the generosity, the little good things, the humility and the patience. A simple thought for someone else. Our way to be silent, to listen, to forgive, to speak and to act. Those are the real drops of oil that make our lamps burn vividly our whole lives. Don’t look for Jesus far away, He is not there. He is in you, take care of your lamp and you will see Him.”
– Mother Teresa
And so begins another year of tending my lamp with little drops of oil.
Happy anniversary, Brad, and thank you for being my biggest fan, supporter, and cheerleader!
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