A Love Story

April 11, 2012 | My Jottings

(from the archives….I wrote this poem in 2000)

In Southern California in a home near the beach
Lived a broken young woman, her dreams out of reach
Her fair little daughters, ages two years and four
Would ask her, “Will Daddy be home anymore?”

He wouldn’t, she knew, and their lives were all changed
And she chafed and she wept for those things rearranged
By her God, who had seemingly, mercilessly scattered
The scraps of their life as a family, now tattered.

Off to work this mom went and the Lord did provide
And the pain, it diminished, and the three of them tried
To live every day with a smile and a song
And God helped them and met them as they walked along

Then one day a letter she found in her mail
From a man in Duluth, Minnesota, and his tale
Was the same as hers was — an unwanted divorce
At 30 he’d met Jesus, who put him on course

They wrote and they spoke on the telephone each day
They sent photos, they shared, and they’d quietly pray
In less than a month he had asked her to marry
But they hadn’t met, and the woman was wary

She loved him and felt that his love was a gift
But her 23-year old feet had not touched a snowdrift
From warm, sunny California to frigid Minnesota?
In terms of life’s stresses, had she exceeded her quota?

They met only once before tying the knot
Each one felt so certain of the treasure they’d bought
The woman quit her job, left her kin and her friends
And knew for the first time, that yes, a heart mends

So the Lord gave a sign and they made the big leap
With her family all present they promised to keep
The vows that they said — they were so joyful hearted!
Three months after that letter, for Duluth they departed

Fairy tales say “they lived happily ever after”
And their home for awhile was filled with bright laughter
The blizzards, they came, and the cold, it amazed her
By spring her blood thickened; the weather hadn’t phased her

In less than a year a new daughter was born
But the cloth of their marital bliss was now torn
For the man and the woman, despite their great love
Had some lessons to learn from the Teacher above

He wanted to mold them, to hone them, to polish
If they were to be Christlike, He’d have to demolish
Their stubbornness, selfishness, anger and greed
God’s plan for the couple was that His Word they’d heed

With tenderness, Jesus, their Savior, gave care
He led them through valleys and deserts so bare
He took them to mountaintops, gave them refreshing
He held both their hands when their wheat needed threshing

There were years of home schooling, and daughters’ emotions
Their ups and their downs and their tears that made oceans
There were days when the woman was sure that her life
Would never be free from confusion and strife

But the Lord was so generous, constant and kind
He always brought healing and true peace of mind
The couple had humor and friendship and they
Learned slowly that adversity helped them obey

Soon many years passed and their daughters had grown
Those beautiful girls were striking out on their own
The man and the woman, they looked on, astounded
And saw much answered prayer from those Gates they had pounded

From that first special letter to their love story today
There is one scarlet thread that has woven its way
Through the deaths and the triumphs they have known through the years
In the heartbreak and doubt, in the troubles and fears

This thread has been present when money was lacking
When the woman, offended, in her mind began packing
It ran through the days when no good thing was missing
The thread wound its way through the hugs and the kissing

The years that have passed almost number nineteen
And the woman has aged and isn’t nearly as lean
And the man who had brown hair is now fully gray
But they have not, they do not, they never will stray

From each other’s embraces, from the shield of the Lord
From His mercy and grace, from the blood He has poured
From the chastening He brings, from the pruning He gives
From the song in their hearts that cries out “Jesus lives!”

When she reached her forties the woman surveyed
That the scraps of their lives had been carefully laid
While faded and tattered and worthless to some
They’d been magnificently stitched by the One who had come

To show them the Way and the Life and the Truth
That He’s right in their midst there in arctic Duluth
The man and the woman know their story of love
Is the handiwork of their dear, faithful Father above.

This couple still lives, and they yet are quite flawed
But as long as their hearts beat they’ll be molded by God
His plyings, severe, and yet merciful, truly
Tell the story of Michael and his sweetheart Julie

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Comments

  1. Catherine & Tom says:

    ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANTLY AMAZING!!!
    WHAT TALENT!
    WHAT A COUPLE!
    WHAAAAT A GOD!!!!
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS WITH ANOTHER HAPPY COUPLE WHO KNOW FULL WELL THAT GOD BROUGHT THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND AND THE SOUTH OF IRELAND TOGETHER LIKE A MAGNET !!! AND ALSO HELPED TOM COOK HIS ONE AND ONLY BREAKFAST FOR GUESTS!! – WHICH IS HOW DARLING JULIE AND MICHAEL HAVE COME INTO OUR LIVES!!!
    LOVE YOU BOTH- LOADS AND LOADS!

  2. Pat says:

    How incredibly beautiful this is and such a testimony of God’s love! I am honored to have such a warm, funny, talented friend. You constantly amaze me!

  3. Patty says:

    Wet eyes at my desk at work are not a good thing, dear friend! Your fortitude and faith are something I can only aspire to…..

  4. Just Julie says:

    Pat and Patty, Clearly you two need to spend a little more time with me…then your loyally fogged eyes would behold with more accuracy. :) xxoo

  5. Patty says:

    Spending time with you sounds like a wonderful idea. Now to find a time and place and that winning lottery ticket so I can travel whenever my heart desires! We will meet someday; I just know it!

  6. Just Julie says:

    I look forward to that day Patty! Xxoo

  7. Helen in Switzerland says:

    aaaaaahhhhhh. Lovely….and so romantic!

  8. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Helen! xxoo

  9. Cathryn says:

    That is so beautiful, Julie! What a wonderful story of love, God’s love given by him and shared by you two. I have been there too, in the valleys and mountaintops and both are a blessing! Without the valleys we wouldn’t grow as close to him. What an amazing God we serve, who forgives and helps and loves and sympathizes and weaves all together for his glory, if only we trust in him.

  10. Just Julie says:

    You have just preached a wonderful sermon to me, Cathryn. Thank you so much for visiting and for commenting! Amen. xxoo

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