From puppy love to forever love

By Jan Davis
Special to The PREVIEW
I sat on the love seat with Mike and smiled as our grandson, Charlee, and his girlfriend, Zoey, cuddled on the couch across from us. It was fun to watch their interaction. Their heads touched as they leaned in and laughed over something on their cellphones. Their free hands laced together, Charlee’s large and strong, Zoey’s small and fragile. Puppy love, pure and innocent.
Another grandson, Braxton, joined them on the couch with his fiancé, Jordan. They plan to marry this summer. They too sat close together, hands clasped, and shared with us their wedding plans. Puppy love grew into a committed love. A commitment to love, care and cherish each other.
Mike and I celebrate 34 years of wedding bliss this May. Our love is forever. A love that passes the test of time. Through the good times and the tough ones, we stand beside each other. We still like to cuddle on the couch, hold hands and talk about our future. We are each other’s best friend, greatest fan and supporter. We are better together.
This reminds me of my love affair with Jesus. When I received Him into my heart and life, I didn’t know what to expect. I was excited and full of hope. He promised me a wonderful future.
Through the rough times and trials along the way, Jesus never left me. When I became too weak to walk, He carried me. He never gave up on me and I never gave up on Him.
As our relationship grew from an adolescent love to a committed one, Jesus proved over and over his unconditional love and acceptance. He became my better half.
A smile crosses my face when he surprises me with His mercy, goodness and faithfulness. There is never a dull moment when I am in His presence. Life is wonderful, abundant and complete.
One day, He will say, “Rise up, my beloved.” His eternal love will carry me over the threshold of heaven to spend eternity with Him.
Because of Jesus, I am his Bride and he is my Bridegroom.
“He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So, this joy of mine has been made full.” — John 3:29 (NASB).
I love you, but Jesus loves you more

This story was posted on February 9, 2018.