• Debbie Maier Jacknin

Forever Yours - Our lives are enhanced by the people we love and by those who love us. But what is l


I'll never forget how I felt when I first glanced at my daughters. My love was intense and my life was never the same. Overnight, what I thought was important changed.

When I was young, I would roll my eyes when my parents spoke or did certain things. Later, I saw wisdom in their words and found myself repeating what they said to my children. I never rolled my eyes when my grandparents talked. That love felt different. I can always count on my sister to laugh at my jokes and she can tell if I've had a good day or need to be comforted just by the way I say hello.

Sometimes we get angry with those we love the most. They can hurt us or say things that can hurt us at our core. And we can hurt them. I remember my step father saying, "just be kind to each other." Imagine if we all took those words to heart? Might we speak differently to our loved ones?

My dog greets me with his whole body. His ears go up, his eyes smile, his tail wags, and he circles me until I say hello. It is as if he loves with his whole body. Maybe we should do this? Imagine if we humans greeted those we love as if their coming home was the best thing that happened that day!

The love we have for those we choose to be in our lives is its own type of special. There are friends we have known for years or new friends that add much to our lives. When I first met my husband I was very independent and used to doing things for my myself. Early in our relationship he took out my garbage without asking. You would have thought he gave me diamonds, chocolates, and roses by how much I appreciated the gesture. As time wore on I learned to lean on him and worked hard to make sure I never take those simple things for granted.

Why did I named this stained-glass mosaic "Forever Yours?" When it was done the picture made me feel two things. First, as stated above, I used to lean on Larry and it looks like the lorikeet in back is leaning on the one in front. Or, I am the bird in front and while I can't see him, I can still feel his love.

Forever Yours:

Love that transcends. Love that lasts. Love that forgives. Love that lasts forever.

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