Robert Frost once wrote, “love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”
I have been reading through letters my parents wrote to each other, every day, while my dad was in Vietnam from 1967-1968. My dad was a Chaplain and was older when he joined the Army. When he was sent to Vietnam, he was 40, and my mom was 35 with 5 kids aged 4-15 (I was the 4-year-old).
In a letter to my dad, my mom wrote:
I love you so much more than I dreamed was possible to love anyone. I am willing to do anything for you. I long to see you or just sit beside you and feel you breathe. How I appreciate you. I can’t begin to imagine what it is like to be there, but I know that God will take care of you richly and send you home with blessings!
All my love,
My dad, on the same day, had written to her:
I love you with so much love, you’d never be able to contain it in one dose. I dreamed all night of you. My thoughts were full of you for hours. I love you even in my dreams. You are so wonderful, whether I’m reliving in dreams our courtship, our marriage, or our future. You are perfect in every way. I don’t deserve you but I’m glad I have you. Did you know that I think you’re precious? Well, you are. You are more precious than all the gold or gems in the world. I wouldn’t trade any of your love for all the promises the world could ever me to me. I long for your touch, your presence, and your kiss. Someday, that longing will begin to be satisfied. God bless you and watch over you darling until our blessed reunion.
‘Til then, I am your longing husband,
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Corinthians 13:13