This is the beautiful and poignant story of the love between two teenagers, both 16 years of age. They were in love but the boy, Omar, was diagnosed with acute leukemia. Once in remission, he began dating Amie. Eight months later, Omar learned that his leukemia returned. A bone marrow transplant was his only hope but by the time a suitable donor was found, it was too late. Doctors informed Omar that he had only days to live. Undaunted, Omar proposed to Amie two days later and she happily accepted. With the blessings of both parents, a wedding was arranged in the hospital room. Three days later, Omar passed away.
This young couple was able to experience, albeit briefly, the beauty and joy of a marriage. He died with his family present and holding his wife’s hand. As Amie recalled, “As he put the ring on my finger he said he wished he had more time with me. I really wish we had too, but I’m just so glad we had the chance to make this happy memory,”
Love is measured not only by the passage of time but by the quality of the moments spent together. For a few hours on the Cross, our Lord Jesus Christ, hung in agony, receiving the full weight of punishment for the sins of the world. And in the midst of His suffering,
And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Luke 23:42-43 (ESV)
It was for the briefest of moments the lives of Jesus and the thief crossed. But it was enough time for God to extend His love and mercy to the thief and allow him to enter Paradise.
Love is truly measured by the quality of the moments spent together.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.