A Delicious Valentine’s Day Love Story

A Delicious Valentine’s Day Love Story

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite days.  Not so much because of the chocolate, roses and the wining + dining.  You see, I am a romantic not just in regards to a loving relationship but also in my sensitivity to the beautiful, the spiritual and the magnificent. I love looking at great art. Listening to great music.  Feasting my eyes upon majestic landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes. Playing piano pieces by great composers such as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Chopin.  I love saturating my life with these things because they resonate in my soul and the mind.  I would not have the energy and creativity to sustain my booming online business if I could not indulge in these restorative escapades routinely.

I am sharing a delicious Valentine’s Day love story by Jim Liebelt today.  It is not hot and sweaty.  It is sexy and will melt your heart:

I trust in God’s unfailing love, forever and ever.  Psalm 52:8b

valentine_s_day_gifts_to_make_heart_foilAround Valentine’s Day most people think about love. With all of the media hype, even people who are not in love, think about love! Here, however, is a great story (author unknown) about the depths of real love; a love that goes far beyond romance; and a love that is instructive to all!

It was a busy morning, about 8:30 a.m., when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 a.m. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him.

I saw him looking at his watch and decided since I was not busy with another patient that I would evaluate his wound. It had healed well, so I talked to one of the doctors and got the needed supplies to remove his stitches. While taking care of the wound, we began a conversation.

I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment that morning as he was in such a hurry. He told me no, but that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I then inquired about her health. He told me that she had been in the nursing home for a while and that she had Alzheimer’s disease. As we talked, I asked him if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was and that she had not recognized him in five years. I was surprised, and asked him why he was still going every morning to visit his wife even though she did not know who he was. He smiled and patted my hand and said,

She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.

I tried to hold back tears as he left—I had goose bumps on my arm—and I thought to myself, this is the kind of love I want in my life.

We all want to be loved in that kind of way—a love that remains strong and unchanged even when we don’t recognize it! Thank God that He loves us in that same way! Though we may not recognize it, feel it, appreciate it, and even take it for granted, God’s love for us never changes! He is always there for us! And God’s love for us sets the example of how we are to love others: our spouses, children, close friends, casual friends, and strangers alike.

As we celebrate another Valentine’s Day, may you be reminded of God’s love and experience it in a new and fresh way – and pass that same kind of love on to the loved ones in your life!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Rachel Lavern is a Certified Business Coach and founder of My Booming Online Business--a blog for middle-age, global, uptown women. She is on a mission to transform entrepreneurs' finances by teaching the action set, mindset and skill set needed to get launched + make money.

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  1. And to think many don’t remember despite all being well with their partner… a lovely story..
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  2. Aw, so sweet <3… it is truly special to find such a dedicated unconditional love. Not everyone does…
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  3. that’s true Love <3

  4. What a heartwarming story, Rachel. I am not one to celebrate Valentines Day because of its commercialization although part of my reasoning could be that my first date with my ex husband was on Valentines day.

    Your story shows that loving actions should not be restricted to Valentines Day, anniversaries or birthdays but should be an ongoing part of life.
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  5. Hi Rachel, what a beautiful love story. I’ve known couples where 1 had alzheimers and it’s so sad when one doesn’t recognize the other. Hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day which would be today for you in America!
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  6. What a lovely story! I think we all want to be loved like that. It feels so good to be the one loving!
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  7. Yvonne Chase
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    What a refreshing love story.

  8. donna merrill
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    Hi Rachel,

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story. The example you gave was unconditional love. Some of us a blessed to have it. I am and I am grateful to God that I do. It was a very long and difficult journey until I met my husband.

    Here, you remind us that God’s love is unconditional. We may stumble and fall, but God will hold us up (if we ask). I know the deep fulfillment I receive all the time because I walk with God. When things are good I say thank you. When things are not so good, I ask “God hold me up.” and my life is so much easier that way.

    If we love with no condition and mercy, like God does, all good things come to us and we are never alone.

    -Donna
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  9. Your story is so near and dear to my heart – my mother had Alzheimers’; she remained at home for several years as my dear Dad became Mr. Mom and refused any medical assistance; when she became unmanageable through personality changes and tried to escape from “that man who keeps me prisoner”. It became necessary to place her in an Alzheimers’ wing of a nearby hospital, where she remained 6 years until her passing.

    The nurses remarked that she was the longest lived patient they ever had. And they made it clear that it was my dad’s loving care even though she knew no one and didn’t utter one one for the last 2 years.

    Every day my dad would arise before 6 am (he was then 90), do all the housework, clean up and drive himself to the hospital to feed my mother her lunch, which, in the final year, took up to 2 hours.

    And every day he would wheel her back to her room, get her ready for her nap, tuck her in, bend over, hug and kiss her, say “I love you” and “I’ll be back to feed you lunch tomorrow”.

    Although my Dad wasn’t spiritual, I am sure that God made a place for him in heaven. In my eyes he is a saint. God bless you Dad.

  10. What a beautiful story!!

    Valentine’s Day is special to me too, because Ian & I were married on Feb. 13. We just celebrated our 32nd anniversary. We look around and ask, “Where did the time go???” My husband sometimes asks, “And what do I have to show for it?” And gathered round us are seven wonderful sons and daughters who express their love and gratitude for parents who said “I do” on that long ago day… and whose sense of security is strengthened by the knowledge that Ian & I are committed to one another till death parts us.

    Thank you for sharing, Rachel!

    Willena
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  11. Nice!! It is so true… Even though she doesn’t remember it is so sweet that he does!! It must be tough to have to live with that.. Knowing that a love you have had for so long and felt so deeply they can no longer remember!! That is true love… Valentine’s day or not!
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  12. Superb story, Rachel! Many of us could really learn a lot out of it.

    Thanks so much for sharing, really Valentine’s is about true love rather than all the commercialism that the news and media throws onto us.
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  13. Rachel,

    Beautiful post for Valentine’s Day and for every day.

    Love is an elusive experience – an emotion, a decision, a bodily sensation.
    We can only feel love to the extent that love emanates from within us.
    If we love God, we feel loved in return.
    In the same way, if we love others – even and especially when they are unable to reciprocate – we are spreading our love and we will feel the love if we are open to it.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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  14. Hello Rachel! Oh Yeh this choked me up alright! This is such a terrible disease, this is one very special man! It sure does make me appreciate all I have, Thanks for sharing… Chery :))
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  15. A lovely story, I’d be like that with my husband. A day listening to music and viewing seascapes sounds like bliss Rachel, although there could be room for a little chocolate 😉
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  16. Great story! I agree with the line that old man said. We all would like to be loved but even we are not getting love due to some reasons, we should never stopping loving! This is what called true love.
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