Friday, January 9, 2015

St. John Chrysostom & Ryan Gosling

Dear John,
 
I found this today:
“A young husband should say to his bride: ‘I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself. For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us.’” — St. John Chrysostom
Isn't it wonderful? It sounds very much like the talks we had before and right after we were married, about what marriage meant and how we felt about each other. I remember when we had our premarital counseling and Roger asked what we expected of each other, and we both said to be obedient to God. He thought we were being flippant and avoiding the question. What we were doing was taking the question much more seriously than he intended. That really is all we ever expected of each other. If you meet that expectation, everything else will fall into place.
 
This was our most ardent dream - to not be separated in Eternity. And it's what I look to now, all that I look to. Past, present, and future, this is what matters. Thank you for loving me this way. Thank you for making the journey of your life with me. I'm sorry you couldn't be here for all of my life. But I'm honored to have been with you for the rest of your life. And my dearest hope is to be with you through eternal life.
 
Just can't get enough of you,
Joan.


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