Karen Swim

Writer, Marketer, Woman of Purpose

True Love

Leaving church yesterday, I found myself behind an older couple. Both were sharply dressed and had an air of quiet elegance. She moved slowly but regally in her high heels and he walked carefully behind her with a hand lightly touching her back. We reached the door and he held it open for his wife and me. I did not hear the first part of their exchange, but as the door opened, I heard her words to him: “Every day is a holiday.” She turned to smile at him and spotted me grinning from ear to ear at the statement.

“How priceless is your unfailing love!” – Psalms 36:7 (NIV)

A couple who has clearly spent 50+ years together put it all into perspective. Love  does not require a commercial holiday to be celebrated. It is celebrated daily in the quiet moments of life. It is celebrated when we respect and honor our mates and endure in the face of challenges. It is celebrated when we worship together and honor the God who is love.

I walked to car remembering the twinkling in the woman’s eyes and though I did not have a valentine, I was joyous for being in the presence of true love.


February 15, 2010 - Posted by | Personal Essay | ,


  1. Valentines Day is for commercialism, real love is for every day and is shown through every day actions.

    Comment by Andrew | February 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Andrew, I completely agree!

      Comment by karenswim | March 3, 2010 | Reply

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