Legacy of Love

I’ve mentioned before that I love fairy tales and, unfortunately for Nick, my first choice for a movie will always be a romance one. This is why it should come as no surprise that I love the fictional romance between Jack and Rose in Titanic.

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Fitting that this blog post is on April 15th, there is actually a real-life romance that I want to highlight. Aboard the Titanic that night was Isidor and Ida Straus. Married for 41 years, it is said that during their married life, they were rarely apart and wrote each other daily during periods of separation.

Isidor and IdaNow, we all know the story of the Titanic and that the lifeboats were for women and children first, and on that night, Isidor escorted Ida to one of the lifeboats, prepared to say goodbye to her. However, Ida refused to go without him and, although there are a few different versions of exactly what she said, it was something to the effect of, “We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go.”

The Bible Study that I discussed in my last blog post actually talked about this very couple and the message was so powerful. It said,

“The phrase ‘til death do us part’ lies at the heart of traditional marriage vows. Unfortunately, its meaning has become more of a romantic novelty than a sacred, God-honoring commitment. And that’s why few couples are able to have in real life the marriage they’ve so often dreamed about. You see, the amazing love illustrated in the lives of Isidor and Ida Straus doesn’t magically arise in a moment of crisis. It’s the result of a husband and wife living out their love for one another and honoring their marriage vows each and every day.”

How beautiful and touching that this story is not a fictional, made-up version from Hollywood, but a true, real life account of a devoted couple. On this 101th anniversary of the sinking, I want to remember Ida’s loyalty to her husband and tell my own husband just how much I love him every day.

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