"A Little Way"

Wayne Earnest
Memphis, Tennessee

It was at the dawn of creation when God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him . . . therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh" (Gen. 2 ) .

Marriage is that grand social institution of humanity. It was Paul who said, "Husbands love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it" (Eph. 5:25).

Love has been defined among its numerous descriptions as "active good will." Dear Christian, do you as a husband still show that "active good will" to your mate that you once promised when you said, "Dear, 1 love you." This is experienced by humanity, but should mean so much more to the child of God. Husband friend, how often do you tell your wife "Honey, I love you"? How often do you show a sincere appreciation for that good mate, who has cooked you biscuits, kept your house clean, and brought forth your children?

Many times "separations and divorces" come, not because of some love triangle, but simply because a husband neglected his wife. He got so busy with his "business" that his family suffered the consequence. Love was lost, and the home was broken. The real joy of living this life was gone.

Picture the broken-hearted old man who had neglected his wife over the years and then with tears in his eyes found himself "bringing her flowers," but only too late, for he was putting them on her casket!

Yes, it's just "a little way" to walk together in this life, "a little way"' until one will weep and walk alone. It was Frank L. Stanton who wrote:

A little way to walk with you, my own

Only a little way,

When one of us must weep and walk alone

Until God's day.

A little way!

It is so sweet to live

Together, that I know

Life would not have one withered rose to give

If one of us should go.

And if these lips should ever learn to smile

With thy heart far from mine, Twould be for joy that in a little while

They would be kissed by shine.

Consider then the brevity of life. Here today, gone tomorrow and "as a vapor that appeareth for a little time." Since this is true, let us so live with our mate today that if we be granted the morrow, we can cherish the memories of yesterday.

TRUTH MAGAZINE X: 6, p. 1a March 1966