This past Tuesday, May 5, I stood at the grave site of my first Sweetheart, my bride of forty-seven years, Mavis. She left this life and went to be with Jesus six years ago in the early morning hours of May 5th, 2009. Her health was taken by two forms of cancer, which she fought for almost a year. Toward the end her pain had become unbearable.
Several days before her passing Mavis told me, “Carl, I don’t want to leave you alone but I can’t take this pain any longer. Will you pray with me that Jesus will take me to heaven quickly?”
Until that point I had been praying, even begging our Lord, that He would bring miraculous healing of her cancer. But my prayers were actually selfish. I didn’t want to lose Mavis, I wanted her to be healed so she could stay here on earth with me. But our Lord’s answer to our prayer was so much greater than I personally had been asking or expecting. You see, he gave her complete eternal healing in His presence in heaven.
Six years later, Tuesday of this week, I stood at the grave site, my new bride, Susan, at my side, supporting me as we wept softly and prayed together. We, of course, did not pray for Mavis but rather for the children Mavis and I had brought into this world, and for the grandchildren Mavis also loved so much.
Susan and I had come to the cemetery for a time of remembrance; a time to reflect on the beautiful life Mavis lived as a dedication to her Lord Jesus. Mavis’s life was one of devotion to her Lord, lived out in her devotion to her husband, her children and her grandchildren.
Someone said once, “beauty is only skin deep.” Not so! Beauty is in the heart and works its way out to the blessing and benefit of others.
I’ve pondered long, these past few years, the fact that no man (lost little boys that we are) actually deserves the love and devotion of a wonderful woman. And I now find myself in the position of a man who has been twice blessed. Blessed first with Mavis, the amazing woman who stood by me for forty-seven years; the wife of my youth. And now, second, Blessed with Susan, the precious and wonderful young wife who has come beside me in my latter years.
Who among us can comprehend the gifts of God? Whether it be His gracious gift of eternal life, paid for by the death of His Son on Calvary, or the gift of a wonderful wife, a Princess of the King himself. We must ever be humbled by and thankful for each gift our Heavenly Father gives us because all that He gives is proof of His eternal love.
Lord bless you all,
Carl and Susan