“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Thursday, February 26, 2015


It is my wife's 62nd birthday. She and I have been in love since we were children. Even as a boy I knew I would marry LaRee. We will celebrate our 42nd anniversary this year. 

As young lovers our parents vehemently opposed our marriage so we eloped when we were both 20 years old. Their opposition only drove us into each others arms. Naysayers said the marriage would not last. 

We both became Christians so on our tenth anniversary, we renewed our vows before God. Time eventually silenced the naysayers. They are all gone now but LaRee's and my love still dances on.

Multiple sclerosis put me in a wheelchair years ago. We haven't physically danced in years but we still remember our last dance. My legs don't work but our hearts still dance as one. We waltz with a smile; our hearts twirl with a knowing glance. We are the only dancers on the dance floor in the little grey cells of my mind. Ah yes, I can imagine it all.

And then I think back to the early passionate days of our marriage. LaRee asked me what I wanted most. In the glow of her breathless charm I said all I wanted was to grow old together. My wish is coming true. We will dance to the end of love. The beauty of real love is that it does not end with a last breath or kiss. I have learned that not even death ends love. 

Marriages still do last -- not just ours'. Don't listen to naysayers, the cultural cynics and give up on commitment to matrimonial love.  

The Church teaches:

"In his teaching Jesus unequivocally taught the original meaning of the union of man and woman as the Creator willed it from the beginning: permission given by Moses to divorce one's wife was a concession to the hardness of hearts. The matrimonial union of man and woman indissoluble. God himself has determined it: "what therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder."" [1]

Imagine our dance LaRee! Imagine it though my shoes never touch the floor; the soles don't wear out. Our bodies will but our souls never will. 

[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGorjBVag0I for Leonard Cohen and "Dance Me To The End of Love".

[1] Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1614.

1 comment:

JackC said...

Keep on dancing and the world will dance with you. Love your post.
Jack Klassen