By Val Tramonte
I love you more than I did back then
Seems like way back then
Planned to love you completely as a reflection of Him.
Didn’t know the pain that would come
Or the lack I would find within
Overestimated my skills and underestimated
The hills…that would come.
Found myself burning out and in a state
Of spiritual drought.
Not what I planned when I said, “I do,”
Honestly thought I could handle it
And never need to depend on you.
But oh how I have had to depend,
And in so doing have deepened
As a man and as a human.
Can’t really express how much you have carried for me
And how much you have taught me.
You persevere in difficulty
And love me fantastically
You are the best friend I have ever had
And next to Jesus you are my rock within.
Thank you for sticking with me
Through thick and thin.
Thank you for loving me when I didn’t fulfill
My part of the bargain.
Yes, especially then.
* An End Note to The Hurting Ones: And to you, whose marriage has ended because of an unsurrendered spouse, a spouse who has continued unrepentant in sin (whatever it may be…affairs, narcissism, abuse, pornography, and the list goes on…), unwilling to pursue Jesus’ transformation, to you there is so much grace…and hope…and life. If you have surrendered your life to Jesus, He will never leave you. You are not alone. He is with you. And He has good things for you. Maybe those good things will look different that what you had once hoped for...but He will give His good in what is real now.