Neil and A. Rae have been through a lot. And when I say, “a lot,” it’s not an understatement. I daresay they’ve been through just about everything you can imagine… and they’ve made it out alive, and with smiles on their faces.
They are a couple who got married and quickly realized they weren’t in love. They struggled in their marriage for 7 years and 2 daughters. Then they found out they were having a son. A few months into the pregnancy they found out their son-to-be had a heart defect and would not live long after birth. Grieving together and comforting each other after their loss helped them fall in love. Their relationship grows stronger every day. They now meet with other struggling couples to encourage them to overcome their differences.
The most touching moments in this podcast, for me, are when Neil and A. Rae talk about losing their son, and how it transformed their lives, and when Neil talks about how mistaken he was to believe that the single life is/was better than married life.
Few people have been through the struggles they have been through…but they are proof that you can come out on the other side a better person.
Talking to A. Rae and Neil made me realize that I have a tendency to give up too easily on things that are important. True love is worth fighting for. It’s worth enduring misery, and heartache. It’s worth forgiving and learning and struggling together. Without the struggles, the mistakes, and the fight, love is weak… and it may not even be love at all.
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Originally appeared at The Lovumentary