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The Way of Faithfulness
“I have chosen the way of faithfulness”-Psalm 119: 30a
The Way of Longevity
The end of a year can be quite exciting. Many people are celebrating their accomplishments and various victories. Others are reflecting on things they want to improve in 2023. Some Argentina fans may very well still be on a high after seeing Lionel Messi finally win the World Cup. At the same time, the global community is still coming to terms with the passing of Brazilian legend Pele, one of the best footballers to ever play the sport.
As I, too, contemplate the hills and valleys of 2022, I could not help but think about a wonderful family from Trinidad and Tobago, the Laurences. I have written before about leading sports journalist, Kwame Laurence, and the inspiring exploits of his son, Devante, the national youth cyclist. Today, I salute Mr. Gordon Laurence and his wife, Janet. On December 29, 2022 they celebrated 60 years of marriage! Yes, just like Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, 1962 was a special year for them.
To be married for 60 years is no small feat. That type of longevity requires commitment, devotion, patience and grace. We all have weaknesses and it is often in marriage that our character flaws get exposed. It means that we must learn to bear with each other’s shortcomings and also decide to overlook offences. At the heart of such an inspiring journey is an unflinching resolve to be loyal.
The psalmist quoted above chose the path of faithfulness. It is a prudent route to take. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Laurence for your amazing example. For those who know you and even for those who don’t, we are inspired by the fact that at a time when relationships in general have taken a hit, your union shines brightly. Luther Vandross and Gregory Hinds put it well many years ago when they sang: “There’s nothing better than love.”
The Way of Love
May 2023 fill you all with abundant love everywhere you turn.
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