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True Love

starts and ends here...

By Shirley BelkPublished 2 months ago โ€ข 5 min read
Top Story - February 2024
Sun Rays/Son Rays

My best friend is not of this world. But he makes himself available to me at all times. He has heard all my stories, been with me through the good, bad, ugly, and has dried my tears. He has been my comfort when everyone else has left me.

I met him for the first time when I was eleven. I had heard a lot of stories about him before then, though. That meeting was at a big convention center. Almost everyone there had wanted to rush over and meet him. I had to stand in line and wait. And the meeting was brief. I read his letters for a while. He was old and I was young, so even though they were interesting, I didn't fully understand the meaning.

Years passed and I didn't stay in touch, although he had tried to connect. I had avoided him. You, know...a lot of things were going on in my life, and I didn't want to be bothered. I'm sure he would have given incredibly good advice. I wanted to figure things out for myself. He backed off.

But we did run into each other a few times. I don't think it was accidental. I think he had meant for it to happen. Just the feeling I got. It was way too coincidental to have been otherwise. I still can't prove that.

Later, I would find out that he had been at all my important life events.... way in the background, though. He had never pushed himself on me, but I felt the pull. I always felt I had someone strong watching over me. God knows, I needed to have someone watching over me. I was making a mess of things on my own.

It wasn't until I was forty-one and heartbroken over life that I had called him. He answered immediately. He wasn't angry that I had avoided him, left him out, or flat out ignored him for all those years. Instead, he lovingly just listened as I spilled my heart out to him. I could really talk to him! I found his quiet strength holding me up. Maybe I was going to live over this mess I had made, after all?

He came to the hospital with me and stayed while they removed the cancerous uterus. He made no judgment even though it had been my own lifestyle that had brought on the disease. That touched me to have someone look at me like that. You know, through a lens of love. And it made me want to be a better person.

I could be vulnerable with him. I told him I was afraid, and I didn't want to die. I had children that needed me. I couldn't leave them alone. And his eyes told me that he understood. And his arms held me as I cried.

Besides being so kind, he was also, wise. He told me there would be some things in my life that I couldn't change, that wouldn't make sense to me, and there would be things that hurt me. But he did say that he would be there through all of those times, and he would show me what I needed to learn.

The surgery took care of the disease. It never came back to haunt me. And my friend had been right about life. But I was learning to see life in a different way. And I knew I wasn't alone. I never had been. When I think about the grand scheme of life, that boggles my mind. I had been brought to this very day for this very moment. And all the things that had meant to harm me, only helped to get me there.

And he was in the center of it all. He had walked before me to remove stumbling blocks at my feet to keep me from tripping. Or he had put something in my path so I would be persuaded to turn and go another way. He had been watching over me all this time! I hadn't dreamed it up.

Now, when life gets scary or overwhelming, I know my friend is going to be with me and this time I will listen more readily. Even when the storms of life threaten to overtake me and I'm tossed around by the winds coming my way, I just hold on to him. He has even quieted me enough to fall asleep beside him during those times.

I wish the world knew the goodness of my friend like I do now. I know that is his heart's wish, too. He tells me that. He is my best friend, JC...

One day I plan on living in his home that is far away from earth. He tells me there is a big banquet waiting for us (me and all his other friends, too.) It's a happy place there, no tears, no sorrow, no death. I can believe him because he has never lied to me. It makes the worries of this world seem small.

I just wish that everyone could come eat at that table. It's there. And you are welcome!


It boggles my mind that some try to make faith/loving God/being loved by Him...more complicated than this. It's just another relationship. Humans make it complex, but it's truly simple. This is what true love looks like.

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About the Creator

Shirley Belk

Mother, Nana, Sister, Cousin, & Aunt who recently retired. RN (Nursing Instructor) who loves to write stories to heal herself and reflect on all the silver linings she has been blessed with

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  • Rosie Clifford27 days ago

    I want to say a very big thanks to Dr Jumba for the wonderful work he did for me in helping me to save my marriage, my husband filed for divorce because of the little misunderstanding we had in the past few month, And i never wanted this because i love my husband so much and all our investment was a joint business and i don't want to be far away from my family and my two lovely kids. My friend told me about Dr Jumba and how he also helped her with her marital issues, so i had to contact him because i want to stop my husband from completing the divorce letter and i want to keep my family together and after contacting him, i was told what i needed to do and when i was going to start seeing the result, I did as Dr Jumba has instructed and after 3 days my Husband call me and start asking for my forgiveness and it was all like a dream to me and we are all living happily together again all thanks to Dr Jumba . wiccalovespelltools@gmail. com. via website :drjumbaspellhome.wordpress. com

  • Natasha Collazo2 months ago

    I also love that Vocal has been really acknowledging the faith based pieces lately! I don't think they shy away from it all .I'm very encouraged, keep telling your journey!

  • Natasha Collazo2 months ago

    I think we share the same bestfriend. "One day I plan on living in his home that is far away from earth. He tells me there is a big banquet waiting for us (me and all his other friends, too.) It's a happy place there, no tears, no sorrow, no death. I can believe him because he has never lied to me. It makes the worries of this world seem small." crying! I hope you win!

  • This was such a wonderful way to describe a relationship with christ. Superbly done Shirley!

  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!!

  • Mr. Positive 2 months ago

    a love story needs a comfy home

  • Daphsam2 months ago

    A beautiful story to share. What inspiration and connection you have with your faith. ๏ฟผ

  • olymoolla2 months ago

    Your stories are very beautiful and your story is admirable. Kindly open my vocal ID and read a story and comment about the story. This is my request to you.

  • olymoolla2 months ago

    You have written so many beautiful stories your story is admirable please visit my vocal id and read a story please

  • sleepy drafts2 months ago

    This is told with so much heart and beautifully reflects the idea of love and "leaning on" or having faith in a higher power to get you through the hardest of times. The reveal at the end was so impactful. Beautifully done and congratulations on Top Story!

  • Celia in Underland2 months ago

    Beautifully written. Your relatinship with God is truly inspiring and I love that you have your faith as your centre ๐Ÿค

  • Staringale2 months ago

    This is beautifully written and deep. Congrats on the Top Story.

  • Denise E Lindquist2 months ago

    Congratulations on the well-deserved top story!๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Fabulous!@! Beautifully written & loved it!!! Congratulations on Top Story too!!!โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŽŠ

  • Mark Gagnon2 months ago

    Congrats and well done, Shirley

  • Jay Kantor2 months ago

    'j' and 's' ~ Bless you Ladies ~ 'j'

  • Lana V Lynx2 months ago

    Back to say congratulations on Top Story, Shirley!

  • Judey Kalchik 2 months ago

    Two things immediately come to mind after reading this: 1) an honest and genuine look at your life path, when written and shared, is so powerful. Thank you for sharing it, and your faith. 2) When I started writing on Vocal in 2021, this wouldn't have been published, let alone receive Top Story recognition. Stories on God, prayer, faith, spirituality were not accepted. I am grateful that this has changed on the Vocal platform.

  • Andrew Pretzel2 months ago


  • That is so beautiful Shirley!!! It is for writings like this we should continue on our mission for a Spirituality community on Vocal.

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    That was lovely and very nicely written. Congrats on the TS.

  • Caroline Craven2 months ago

    This is a great piece and I am really happy your faith is so strong.

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    I'm afraid, for me, I have no route to that table, though I envy you that relationship.

  • Test2 months ago

    Well done!

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