Sometimes words are just not enough to express our feelings. We struggle to find the right ones and they are just not there.
That is true even in our prayer life. Often “we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.” (Romans 8:26)
Sometimes we fumble around trying to say the perfect words. Some of us pray in silence without words. Or sometimes we rely on those rote prayers we have used for years and years.
In the long run, what really matters is what is in our hearts. Even when we use the same old words we have always used, they say what we want them to say. God knows our hearts.
When we fell in love, my husband and I ran out of words to tell each other I love you. I am not sure exactly who started it or how it all began, but as long as we have been married, we have always signed our cards and notes to each other in exactly the same way – Love forever and 2 days.
When our boys were old enough to read, they would look at the cards we gave each other. Sometimes they commented on how we signed them. I often had the feeling that they were checking them out to be sure we didn’t forget. Maybe it was a sign to them that all was well in our little world.
My husband and I just celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. I found a beautiful card that had just the right words, but still I knew. The only words that really mattered were the one I wrote at the bottom of the card. The simple words that say it all because they are from the heart and we know what they mean.
Love forever and 2 days.
Just in case “forever” isn’t long enough.