No, No, They Can’t Take That Away From Me

elderly-couple-kissingIn church yesterday, the minister related a touching story. When he and his brother would visit their grandmother at a nursing home, his brother, who was an accomplished pianist, would play old Gershwin tunes, which the residents greatly enjoyed.

One day, his brother was playing “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” which was introduced in the 1937 Fred Astaire film, Shall We Dance. As his brother played, the minister noticed that an elderly couple had lit up at the first few notes. It clearly was a special song to them. The woman wasn’t a resident there but would come visit her husband all day every day. He had been incapacitated by a stroke, but they still managed to sing the words of the song to each other:

The way you wear your hat.
The way you sip your tea.
The memory of all that –
No, no – they can’t take that away from me.

The minister told us that, as the elderly couple sang to each other, tears streamed down their cheeks. He was deeply touched. Here were two people completely devoted to each other, long past the prime of their lives when so much is made about appearances and accomplishments. What we see on TV and in movies may be romantic, but this was true love in its purest form.

There were no expectations. No judgments. Just pure, unconditional love. When you can love another person like this, you will know the truth of Saint Augustine’s words:

He who is filled with love is filled with God himself.





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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA

Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?

Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
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SiSe_fullcover_final.inddPhil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.

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