I sat two rows away as I watched people pay their final respects for a great man. The funeral director then asked the family members to come forward. My mother-in-law waited for her siblings and then she gave her dad one last look. Grandma then went and gave Grandpa a kiss, a hug, and whispered something in his ear then everyone stepped back. The last time we would see our dear friend on this earth. I was bawling. My kids on my lap where looking at me like I was crazy, their little minds not understanding the sweetness of the moment.
Grandpa died before our anniversary, so we knew after our little celebration at home we would be traveling to go to the funeral. New Year’s Eve was quiet and the old year passed by in the night, with all of my little ones and my hubby breathing deeply in their sleep. As I lived that scene above I was just filled with an understanding of the truth that we will see those we love again. That this life is not all and that there is something higher and bigger than us.
Since this all happened before our anniversary and I was already thinking about the beauty of human love and how amazing of a man I married, my thoughts turned to Grandma and Grandpa. I was reading in the scriptures about how marriage is called of God. One verse really struck me this time, even though I have read it many times before.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
My hubby is a word nerd, so it has rubbed off on me. So yes, I looked up the word CLEAVE. Our good friend Merriam-Webster defines cleave as:
to adhere firmly and closely or loyally and unwaveringly.
That is spot on. When we cleave unto our spouse we are adhered firmly together, we are close, we are loyal, and we are unwavering in our love to one another. I was grateful for the time that I have had to reflect not just on my own marriage, but to see it in the lives of Grandma and Grandpa, my In-Laws, my Own parents, and many others around. It pays to look up words that you think you already know the definition to, the meaning becomes deeper, more real, and you can more fully live the definition in your life.
Hold your loved ones close, they are a blessing every day.