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Timeless Love

Dedicated to My Angel

Submitted by Dena

I was convinced there was no purpose for my life. I have since come to realize that my life did have meaning, even though it was not clearly defined. Life is kind of like a puzzle that reveals itself over time. Each piece, though not always pretty, connects with another piece. Sometimes when it's left unfinished its design is a mystery, but when all the pieces fit together a glorious vision emerges.

I met my husband 13 years ago, and his name is Patrick. Before we met, he was in a near fatal motorcycle crash, and remained in a coma for 10 days. When he awoke, he was facing years of therapy, but that did not hinder him. He once told me he survived because God knew I needed him.

I know now what made me stay with Patrick for the first year or two. I couldn't have done it on my own. I was a severe alcoholic, with low self-esteem, and no where to turn. My life was in turmoil, and my ability to trust had been damaged. Nonetheless, I hit the floor on my knees, bowed my head, and prayed. Since that night, my life has never been the same.

I asked for the alcohol to leave my life. I asked for peace, and for the first time in a very long time, I asked for love. I told the Lord that I didn't know if he was there, but if he was, could he please help me. I knew I was at a crossroads and I had to make a decision; to live my life in a sober way and face my demons head on, or die. I didn't know it then, but I wasn't alone. I have not touched a drop of alcohol since that day more than 11 years ago, and I have been married for 10 years.

I've come to realize that even though I had no place for love in my heart, love had a place for me. Love persevered and gave my life meaning. I am a strong and sober woman now, and no longer alone. My heart has healed, and filled with love. Most importantly, I have learned that no matter how lost a person is, there's always another piece of the puzzle to be put into place. And, who knows, maybe my picture can include a trip to Hawaii ;o)

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