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loveTo love is to suffer. The only way to escape suffering is to escape loving—and that is the greatest suffering of all, the loneliness of never having loved.

Ninety-six year old Fred Stobaugh of Peoria, Illinois knows what it means to suffer, because he knows what it means to love.

For just a moment, let’s set aside our criticisms of the shameful, childish antics in Washington, D.C. Of the moral rot eating away at our culture. And of the numbing confusion as to what does and doesn’t count as marriage these days.

Instead, let’s take a moment for something real and enduring—the lifelong love of a man for the woman of his dreams, and the goodness of others who loved him through his suffering.

This video, “Oh, Sweet Lorraine,” will tell the story.

As you watch, remember the John Dryden’s lines from “Ah, How Sweet It Is to Love.”

Pains of love be sweeter far

Than all other pleasures are.

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  • delahaya

    Tears…

  • Scot Muncher

    Life is about so much more. Excellent… And yes, I did.

  • Lizard

    There’s something wrong with this video. It’s fine for the first 6 minutes, then it gets all blurry.

    • Alexxthegreat

      Curious…how that happened to me, also.

  • Gregory71

    I really wanted to make a caustic comment about this story. After I watched the mini-documentary, I was moved beyond words. God, I want this man to be reunited with his love in the next life. I can only hope they were both saved. Only by knowing the lord and savior will my hope for them both be manifested.

  • Alexxthegreat

    In this day, when marriage is made a joke of, when the union of two dedicated people is trashed and called everything and ANYTHING else, it was just nice to witness the pain and feel the loss of the man who loved ONE WOMAN for 75 years.
    In this day, when Hollywood offer nothing but glitter to our young, nothing but cheap sex, and no promise of hope, in this day, I pray that our kids would, at some point at least view this video…and think….” I CAN’T WAIT TO FALL IN LOVE LIKE THAT AND HAVE A LIFE THE SAME AS THIS MAN AND WOMAN.”

    In this day….it would be so very nice.

  • Alexxthegreat

    Kevin….start a thread allowing the posters here on The Black Sphere to tell THEIR story.
    I know you have been married for a few years now…Why not add a thread where everyone of us can post a short bit about the partner we have loved in marriage.
    I’ve been married for 43 years….and I feel the same about him today as I did the day I married him.
    Through all those years…two wonderful kids and supporting families, we THRIVED.

    Do it Kevin….Perhaps in posting positive stuff we can do some good.

 
 
 
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