Real Love

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My last post talked about my experience with my camper at Joni and Friends this summer. I have a lot of stories from that week at camp.  One of my favorite stories didn’t actually involve my camper.  The last night at camp, we had a talent show.  The campers are able to go up on stage if they want to and do anything whether it’s playing an instrument, dancing, singing, or magic tricks.  I heard one parent say how much she loved her daughter being able to get up there and perform.  It was something she couldn’t do anywhere else.  But here at camp, she’d get cheers and a standing ovation.  My favorite act of the night was when one couple came up on stage to dance to “Thinking out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.

The opening lines: “When your legs don’t work like they used to before and I can’t sweep you off of your feet…” summed up the whole dance because both of them were in wheelchairs.  As they circled each other in their wheelchairs, I couldn’t help but think that was true love.  They’d never be able to go on a hike together, but he could wheel up next to her and hold her hand.  They might not be able to experience a lot of things but they didn’t care because they were together.  It was an amazing opportunity to be able to watch their special dance.

“Real love is an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person” (Seth Smith).  We are all flawed in some way or another.  None of us are perfect.  We can’t go into a marriage or a relationship and expect smooth sailing all the time.  There will be problems, you will get hurt but love forgives and works through the problems.  Love gives you strength when the going gets tough whether that looks like financial struggles, a debilitating disease, or a physical handicap.  I want to love like that.

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