“We found your wife, Melissa.”

13 years ago today (Sep 2, 2003), these words ended our agonizingly long 3 days of hoping & praying in Emporia, Kansas – that somehow Melissa would be found intact. She was found 2 miles from the freeway in a retention pond that had tripled in size.

“We need to ask you to identify her body as well.”

Following the deaths of our 4 precious children, these words sank my heart to rock bottom like an anchor on the ocean floor.

What was I to do? What did I have left to live for?

Sometimes when we hit rock-bottom, we discover that we’ve struck the Rock of Ages. I was utterly emptied and depleted of all that was me. I needed to be filled with all that is God – His Comforter, the Holy Spirit. I literally free-fell into the mighty Arms of Jesus.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

With my parents and siblings by my side, I embraced and tearfully kissed my beautiful bride of nearly 12 years goodbye. Some time later, I poured out my feelings for her into this song I composed entitled, “I Shall Always Love You.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9rdyyQTRnA

Love never dies. “Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it.” (Song of Solomon 8:7)

Husbands, love your wives with no regrets and with all you’ve got…with zest, zeal, and passion…like there’s no tomorrow. After all, none of us is guaranteed tomorrow.

[KNOW GOD – no regrets] -Robert