I saw this ad last month and you have to give it to John Lewis for really tugging at the heart strings (and purse strings!). Christmas or festivals in general can be wonderful or bleak-ish depending on where you are mentally.
More recently, I attended the wedding of fitness instructor Noel Chelliah and SEA gold medalist Kimberly Yap. I always cry at weddings but this was extra special for me. Just six months back, Kimberly was involved in an accident where she was in ICU for nearly two weeks and have no memory of the accident. If you do a search, you’ll be able to see graphic images of the accident.
During that period, Noel was by her side mentally and physically, encouraging her every step of the way in the healing process. My faith talks about the three types of love, eros (erotic), philia (brotherly) and agape (God’s). It is agape love that covers all. Wikipedia explains this as the covenant love of God for humans, as well as the human reciprocal love for God; the term necessarily extends to the love of one’s fellow man.
This goes a lot more deeper. In marriage vows, we talk about being there in good times and bad, in sickness and in health. It’s easy to be around in good times and in health but surely it can only be God’s love that tests your mettle. To be around in bad times and in sickness.
I’ve heard many excuses where marriages have failed. Although I’m not in the person’s shoes, reasons like finding out you’re not financially “compatible” AFTER the marriage of only two years, irreconcilable differences to simply falling “out” of love. Love isn’t conditional. Love is a decision. You don’t stop loving your child when they’ve misbehaved. You stick through things.
Fast forward six months on, I had the privilege of attending their wedding sealing their commitment to each other and to God. Here is the testimony of a couple who have tested their relationship unimaginably. So happy for both of you. Here’s wishing you both much joy.