I'm not sure which came first, the stage show, or the Burt Reynolds movie, but despite the topic, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,"seemed to have broad appeal.
Whenever I think of saying or hearing the words, "I will always love you," I think of the love song chorus from that particular movie. (And I promise, Tom and I have only seen it once.)
Okay, Dear Reader, if you just fell off your chair, please carefully get back up. And please listen to Dolly Parton's heartfelt lyrics in the chorus.
We all know, though, that sometimes "always" is a lot shorter than we expected. Sometimes, we wish we had uttered those treasures sooner, before it was too late. Or maybe we long in the deepest part of ourselves to have heard them, at least once.
Here's the most amazing news ever, Dear Reader: it's NEVER too late to tell or hear God say, "I will always love you." When He says "always", it's forever, everlasting, "to infinity and beyond!"
the Lord appeared to him[a] from far away.[b]
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Jeremiah 31:3 NRSV