learn to love

June 30, 2010

Marriage is complex
Honesty and confession
I didn’t know what I was doing
Taking responsibility
I learned how to love
I’ve given a lot of thought
Looking back at my story
I stand outside myself
Look down at my dilemma 
Muse, ponder, and remember
I found a new path
And help along the way
From those who were living free
Seek and you will find
Intimate presence
A woman who likes herself
Even in her weaknesses
Reflects a real joy
Is able to live the day
Peaceful, kind, transparent
I know a woman like that
Been married forty-five years
Complex but very simple
Brilliant but approachable
Rejoice in the day
She is able to do it
Regardless of me
Intense suffering 
Along with desperate prayer
You’ll find peace 
A window of hope opens
To a love larger than life
© Terry S. Smith
June 26, 2010
Written after meditating on Psalm 118

One Response to “learn to love”

  1. Sherron Trimble said

    Terry, this is such a lovely tribute to your amazing wife, Charlotte. Your appreciation of her is a tribute to God.

    Thank you for teaching us that God’s love for us is not dependent on how we feel. How vacillating are our feelings and moods!

    Thank you for your work and love for the children of God at Woodmont.

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