Marriage · Relationships

The Fountain of Youth

15651412945_345963fee3He gently caressed her beautifully curved back as she sat patiently awaiting her lunch that he so devotedly cooked. She looked up at his face when she felt his soft touch as he passed, shuffling his sore feet, to sit next to her.

“I love you.” she said truthfully, to her husband of almost 60 years.

“Well give me some sugar, I need some’n sweet!” says he, always trying to get her warm smile to shine on him.

They kiss, and then they thank the Lord for their food and for each other. The sound of their spoons tinging against the bowls begin to fill the air.

The fountain of youth is sometimes believed to be an actual body of water. I believe, however, the “fountain of youth” is love.

How often do you feel like a little child when someone tells you they love you, just because? How low do we feel when we are not loved by someone? I believe that the love we bestow to one another is just a splinter of how cherished we are by Jesus.

To be a child of God, to know that we are loved by Him, and to truly become a child in spirit, these are elements of the proverbial fountain of youth.

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. ~ Gal 3:26-27

The Bible consistently tells us we must become like children to enter heaven. God wants us to learn this valuable lesson…to love everyone, to be like a child – and love unconditionally.

…Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. ~ Mark 10:14-15

If we read further in this gospel, Jesus explains that we all must become children of God by following the Commandments and ridding ourselves of worldly treasures. (Mark 10:17-23).

Witnessing true love can give us a glimpse of heaven. Have you ever seen a newlywed couple and how in love they are? Imagine that “honeymoon phase” in our older years. We all should be so blessed to have childlike joy in our lives until we meet Jesus in heaven no matter if we have the vocation of marriage, holy orders, or single life.

“He’s my man!”, she says with a proud smile as she drapes her lovely arms around him.

He smiles and asks, “I am?!”, as he knows how to get her to laugh. He likes to keep them both young at heart. He adores his bride just as Jesus cherishes the Church.

They begin to sing “You are My Sunshine” to one another as they smile and gaze into each other’s ardent eyes. They hold hands and kiss once more. ‘I love you’ echoes within the walls of the home.

Is this fountain obtainable for all of us? How is this possible? I contemplate these questions as I strive to love my husband better daily, and we aim to raise our children to hold onto unconditional love to spread to others. The Bible has all the answers if we trust and obey.

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all they do, they prosper. ~ Psalms 1:1-3

This explains that we must keep at the foot of the cross. We must obey His Commandments, love thy neighbor, and do not fall into temptation to be unloving to Christ. Love is our fountain. We are those trees planted, and it is up to each of us to yield our fruit, through the gifts of the Holy Spirit, at the appointed time for God’s greater glory.

It may take years of contemplation, prayer, trust and obedience to achieve the fountain of youth. We can ask the saints and spiritual directors to intercede and pray for us. We can enlighten our minds by reading pieces that open us up to understanding. Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, was a priest in the 20th century who had a deep spirituality and sense of justice.  He was an expert at spiritual exercise after all he had endured.

Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazed you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. ~ Fall in Love – Attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907-1991)

He shuffles into the living room after taking a moment for himself, possibly in silent prayer, “What’cha doin’ hun?”, as he sees his beautiful wife.

“Well I’m lookin’ at you now!” she chuckles as she admires her groom.

He bends slightly and pats her head of satiny white hair. She smiles softly, knowing how loved she is. He sits himself down across from her, so as to gaze upon her natural beauty. Love fills these walls. Love is their fountain of youth. Let it be yours’ too.

All glory be to God; let us run to Him as His child.

 
photo credit: Senior couple – Stock via photopin (license)

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2 thoughts on “The Fountain of Youth

  1. Beth, What a beautiful story! Your light shines so brightly. What a true vessel you are and a blessing to all that have the privilege of meeting you and knowing you.

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