By Steve Goodier
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.
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