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A REAL LOVE STORY
By: F. Kong
Thomas Crum has a story to tell. In his book entitled “Journey to
Center” he describes his own personal encounter with a great love story – a
story of unending love and undying commitment.
evening I found myself at a conference in Washington, D.C. And as fate would
have it, Inventor Bucky Fuller happened to be making a presentation that
evening at another conference in the very same hotel. I got to the ballroom in
time to hear the end of Buck’s lecture. I was in awe of this little man in his
eighties, with his clear mind, deep wisdom and boundless energy. At the end of
the talk, we walked together through the underground parking lot to his airport
got to go to New York City for another presentation,” he said, looking at me
with an anxiousness that I had rarely seen in Bucky.
“You know, Annie’s not doing well. I’m very concerned
Fuller had once confided to me that he had promised his wife Annie to die
before she did, so that he could be there to welcome her when it was her turn.
I took the comment as a hope, not a commitment. Which shows how greatly I
underestimated Buckminster Fuller.
after Bucky’s presentation in New York, he was informed that Annie had lapsed
into a coma in a hospital in Los Angeles.
felt that there was a good chance she would not regain consciousness. Bucky
took the first flight he could get. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, he went
immediately to Annie’s bedside. Sitting beside her, he closed his eyes. And
I was reading this story inside my car. I usually do that – beats
traffic every time. But the moment I got to the end of the story I simply heard
myself saying, “Oh man! Man, oh man.!” Talk about love. Talk about commitment.
How did he die? I don’t know. Don’t ask me. The story didn’t tell. What was the
cause of death? I don’t know, don’t ask me. It’s no longer important. But it’s
one of the most touching love story I have ever read.
What makes it so touching? Think about it. Is it the romance? The
emotional glitz? I don’t think so. It’s all about commitment isn’t it?
Today’s understanding of love and romance is so cheap and shallow it’s
no longer funny. Boy meets girl, arms lock in embrace, passionate kissing and
hugging, behind a scenic spot as boy ran arms outstretched and girl on the
other side doing the same then both embracing each other rolling across the
sand with the golden sun slowly setting in the horizon. Cheap. Again I say it’s
cheap. Happens only in the movies.
Real love is about commitment. Real love is hanging on in there when
the pay envelope stops, when sickness takes over health and when the situation
goes from difficult to impossible. Real love is all about integrity.
It takes more than romance to have this.
Romance is cheap, commitment is priceless.
Love keeps on going even when times are tough. Husband and wife have to
So the pink slip comes and you’re laid off from your job. Both of you
hang in there. So the doctor’s pronouncement confirms what you dread. Your
husband’s confined to the wheelchair for the rest of his life. Both of you hold
hands and hang in there.
So the business goes down the drain and the debts pile up. Both of you
hold hands and hang in there. That’s what love is all about.
One day husband goes home thoroughly shaken and depressed. His wife
knew what happened. Husband said, “I’m sorry sweetheart. They’ve let me go. I
don’t have a job anymore. We’re poor and we don’t have money.”
The wife held his hands and said, “But you’re wrong my love. We’re
rich! The money will come later!” Now that’s love.
Let me give you another example of what love is. It’s got something to do
with three words.
The three words from the mouth of the Saviour are: “It is finished!” That’s
God’s love when He gave up His Son for us. Jesus didn’t bail out. He hung in there,
in fact He hang on the cross.
By: D. Delay Our family enjoys the fun andrefreshment of water slides and lazy rivers during hot summer vacations. At
most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead
filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
refreshment crashes down on all below! In the Book of Revelation, the Bible
describes golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints
(Revelation 5:8). In other words, the prayers of God's people collectively fill
heavenly bowls with sweet aroma, much like the burnt offerings did in days of
old. In Revelation 8,
we discover what these bowls are used for: "Then another angel, having a
golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter w…