I heard something recently that touched me -
"A wife is heaven's last best gift"
To me, that was a pleasant thought and I hoped that Terry felt that way about me.
I don't know where that quote really began so as I thought and pondered and searched it for a few minutes I was enlightened and thought I'd share -
It is similar to, or a portion of this quote from Jeremy Taylor, found here;
"A good wife is heaven's last best gift to man; his angel and minister of graces innumerable; his gem of many virtues; his casket of jewels; her voice his sweet music; her smiles his brightest day; her kiss the guardian of his innocence; her arms the pale of his safety, the balm of his health, the balsam of his life; her industry, his surest wealth; her economy, his safest steward; her lips, his faithful counselors; her bosom, the softest pillow of his cares; and her prayers, the ablest advocates of heaven's blessings on his head."
I wondered about the word "last" being used and then found an invitation to consider Eve being created last and given to Adam, found here, where these words were shared;
Heaven's Last Best Gift. At first I thought Lord Crawford was just being flattering, but then realized the historical significance of his statement; Eve is the last creation ever mentioned. And if we do our best work when we have obtained the most practice and skill, then God's ultimate creation would indeed make woman, "Heaven's last best gift."
What an interesting way to look at the creation and marriage.
I will say that as Eve was given to Adam, Adam became her gift as well. That is how I think of Terry - heaven's best gift to me. Without that gift I would not have the wonderful children and grandchildren that are ours and that bring so much joy to our lives.
Without that gift of wife to husband and husband to wife, I would not exist, because my parents wouldn't exist either. What a wonderful blessing of marriage and family, and what makes it even better is the blessing of the gospel and the priesthood of God, making eternal marriage and families a reality if we live worthy of it.
I am ever so grateful for that sweet fact of life ..., beyond death.
I am also grateful to the family and friends that helped make these last couple special holidays special for me this year as my sweetheart was elsewhere. I won't start sharing names of those family and friends because I would most dislike neglecting to mention someone. I do send thanks to you and to our Father above for helping me through rough days.
I will share one gift I received on Thursday. I cannot say who it was because I do not know. It was and continues to be a surprise. However, I do know it involved a couple young children in dark clothing, running from my yard. Your secret is safe, because I could not tell who you were, but if you or your family members are reading this - THANK YOU! Did you know it was our anniversary that day or was it a Valentine? Either way, it was an act of love that touched my heart in a very special way.
I thank each one of you for your tender kindness and for your prayers on our behalf.