My dear husband gave me a little book he picked up in a little thrift store many years ago. When he gave it to me, he had marked a page with a little drawn heart by the title, which was “Do I Love You?” It is beautiful, it made me cry. He had just been away for days, doing an antique show with a friend. We had missed each other as we had spent few days apart since getting married.
Well, Thursday morning I saw the book in the little book shelf by my chair, and pulled it out to see what I might glean here in this week of Valentine’s Day celebrations. Oh my, this was just like getting a Valentine’s Day card from my husband. It was a special gift to me. It is also from me to him. The piece is called “Because I Have You”. I’ll only post the first and last stanzas.
“Because I Have You”
Days may lose all their brightness and die with the sun,
And the night may be lonely and cold,
But will all of the darkness when daylight is done
There is still a bright light to behold;
It's the light that is shining deep down in your eyes,
Burning flame, ever living and true,
And no matter the shadows I may realize,
I'll be happy because I have you.
Life may lose all its splendor, and age take its toll,
Any my being may wither and fade,
But a light will keep burning deep down in my soul,
Guiding light that your loving has made;
Years may come with their burden of sorrow and tears,
Still I'll smile 'til my living is through,
And although I may dread the great weight of the years,
I'll be happy because I have you."
From the book ‘Dream River ~ An Anthology ~ by Bud Rainey 1941
(As some of you may know, my nickname is Rainey and I’m sure that is what caught my husband’s eye when he saw the book. Then inside the worn covers, he found a jewel for me, and I found this one above now. God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. To find it right before Valentine’s Day is a sign of God’s love for me, in that He let me read this now, as if it was from a card my dear husband had picked out. I feel blessed and very loved.)
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you.
Love & hugs