Song of Solomon 6:3
“I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine”

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, love is in the air! I think about the love I have for my husband and the past 24 years we have celebrated together—some good, some great, and some that needed improvement. Now, we are blessed to watch on with delight as our eldest son celebrates this occasion for the first time with a delightful young lady.

As Christians, this is a special time to reflect on the love we have for our spouse and to uphold our covenantal vows. For many people this is a happy day, but not for all. Earlier this week I had the honor and privilege to attend the funeral of a man at our church—a man of God that left behind a wife and three small children.

His wife has a smile that goes from ear to ear and her countenance radiates Jesus. This woman goes out of her way to love people. She was clothed in courage and strength as she got up before that packed auditorium and read the Valentine’s Day letter she had written to husband on his deathbed. Tomorrow will not be a joyful day for my friend, but it is not a day without hope. You see, she had the honor of being her beloved’s for many years, and her beloved will live on in her mind and her heart until they are reunited again in heaven.

Her husband not only demonstrated love for her, but he loved His Lord. He put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ as his Savior.  So tomorrow my friend will grieve, but she won’t grieve without hope because one day she will be reunited with her beloved.

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