... in a devoted spouse

Published on 14 Feb 2017
An elderly married couple holding hands. Marcin Mazur, Flickr.

I was waiting outside the supermarket when I noticed them trying to cross the busy main road.

She was attempting to negotiate her husband’s wheelchair over the kerb and they had to wait many minutes before there was a safe space in the traffic. She looked weary as she pushed his heavy frame up to post a letter and then slowly along towards the park. He had obviously had a major stroke and was completely dependent on her.

As I turned my head, I noticed another couple getting out of their car. This time it was the husband who tenderly steered his confused wife towards the trolley. He placed his arms around her shoulders as she anxiously pushed in the wrong direction and they entered the store to do their shopping.

 I uttered a silent prayer for them and for all those devoted couples who struggle daily to complete ordinary tasks; often enduring sickness, loneliness and much frustration.

 And I remembered a line from Sunday’s reading: Habakkuk 2:4 – ‘See how he flags, he whose soul is not at rights, but the upright man/woman will live by his faithfulness.’