Couple married for 72yrs die holding hands

Call me a big softie, but I was really moved by this story of a couple, married for 72 years, who died holding eachother’s hand.

“It was really strange, they were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn’t figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going,” said Dennis Yeager. “But we were like, he isn’t breathing. How does he still have a heart beat? The nurse checked and said that’s because they were holding hands and it’s going through them. Her heart was beating through him and picking it up.”

“‘Til death do us part” is becoming increasingly less common, and yet, I’m sure I’m not alone in my admiration for this couple. We still seem to recognise something beautiful and noble about this kind of┬ácommitment, which not only seeks the best for the other, but makes a decision to do so until death separates.

The apostle Paul says that the ‘mystery’ of marriage is that it points to the relationship Jesus has with his people – a commitment to faithfully look out for his ‘bride’, even to the point of death. I don’t know whether this couple were believers or not, but their marriage is surely a beautiful reflection of this mystery, and I can’t help but wonder if the image it reflects is part of why we admire such examples so profoundly.

(HT Vitamin Z)

What do you think?