True Love

by | Jun 2, 1999 | Commitment, Love, Sacrifice

How easy it is to confuse love with passion! One father said of his teenaged son, “I don’t know if he’s in love or in heat!” Feelings of attraction can change more quickly than the seasons, but love, in its truest form, is greater than feelings.

Love is what Mr. and Mrs. Strauss shared. Mrs. Isadore Strauss was one of the few first class women passengers to go down with the Titanic in 1912, and she drowned because she could not bear to leave her husband.

They remained calm throughout the excitement of the sinking vessel. They both aided frightened women and children to find places aboard lifeboats. Finally, Mr. Strauss, who had repeatedly urged his wife to claim a spot safely aboard a lifeboat, forced her to enter one.

She was seated but a moment, however, when she sprang up and climbed back on deck before he could stop her. There, she caught his arm, snuggling it familiarly against her side, and exclaimed, “We have been long together for a great many years. We are old now. Where you go, I will go.”

For them, true love was about commitment. And it was about faithfulness. And sacrifice. Not everyone finds such love in another person — though it is a beautiful thing when it occurs.

But a committed and faithful love can always be found in another realm. It exists at the very core of authentic spirituality. This is a fact that whole and happy people build their lives around.


Thanks to Life Support System Publishing, Inc.


True Love