So many are too young to remember the number of artists singing this romantic song. I don’t know that the current generation has heard the song, much less understand the concept.
So many young people we meet are enthralled with the idea that we could have remained married for over half a century. Most ask, “What’s your secret?”
National media coverage extolls relationships that lack permanence. Several of my blogs link to references saying marriage is obsolete, that long-term relationships are okay, but single-mothers do just fine in raising their children. To say otherwise is considered bullying.
In a previous corporate world, I attended a seminar series entitled “What You Are Is Where You Were When," produced by Morris Massey. The revised program is described as: “… explaining the three self-programming periods each young individual goes through in developing a value system. These gut-level feelings guide our adult behavior, determine our worldview, and influence how we feel about what is normal and abnormal.”
Those three periods are shown in Wikipedia. The ‘When’ creates our generational gaps, where I will listen to “When I Fall In Love” sung by a long-dead artist and know it can be done, while this generation doesn’t hear those words, and don’t believe in falling in love or forever.
Imprint (from birth to seven) and Modeling (between eight and thirteen) ‘when’ for me included two heterosexual parents, imbedded with family and church. Socialization (fourteen to twenty-one) introduced me to widows, remarriage, divorce and dating, but didn’t change my goal of love being forever.
With God’s help, it has been – and can be from this point on for anyone.
Last week a nurse asked that, “What is your secret?” and I gave the answer which is second nature to me:
“Frankly? It’s being close to God. When husband and wife spend time together in prayer and Bible reading, then live what they’ve learned, they become close to God. How can they be apart when both are close to Him?”My husband and I will have love forever, but not necessarily for each other:
For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. (Matthew 22:30 KJV)
That’s one verse of so many to read, enjoy, study, understand, wonder about, follow. It takes time and energy, but is worth it. If we don’t, we fall under the preceding verse:
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. (Matthew 22:29 KJV)
The power of God is the power of love:
We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 KJV)
I fell in love with Him, and it will be forever.