On this day when some celebrate love with chocolate and flowers and diamonds, I am thinking of hard love
love that really listens
love that cries together at a death
love that does the rough work of agreeing to disagree
love that looks forward to an uncertain future
love that works, apart and together
love that doesn’t have a tidy boundary of marriage or label
love that brings the bandages
You modeled that love for us.
We thank you.
Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, hospice volunteer and occasional blogger. She is leading her parish’s refugee ministry.
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