Today, I want to share a story with you that a friend recently shared on facebook. This story that I am referring to is not a story about a heroic US soldier dying for his country, nor is it a story about a grieving widow searching for explanations about her husband’s death. These things are part of the story, yes; but they are by no means the whole story. No. This is a story of love, loyalty, and faithfulness to the nth degree. The beautiful love story of Billie and Peggy Harris brings new meaning to the phrase “till death do us part.”
When Peggy Harris received the news that her husband had been “missing in action” during World War II, she was still a very young woman. No one in this world would have blamed her if she had chosen to pursue marriage to another man. After all, she was still young, and most would claim that she had the right to know love and happiness and to have a family of her own. However, instead of pursuing that worldly dream, Peggy Harris chose to hold out hope that her husband, 1st Lt. Billie D. Harris, may still be alive. So for over sixty years, Peggy searched for answers, for the truth about what really happened to the love of her life all those years ago.
Today, Peggy says simply, “Billie was married to me all of his life, and I choose to be married to him all of my life.” What love! What faithfulness! That, my friends, is what marriage is all about. If marriage was simply the answer to loneliness, I suspect Peggy would have remarried years ago. No. When Peggy Harris stood at the marriage altar and vowed “till death do us part,” she really meant it. So please join me as I say thank you to Mrs. Billie D Harris for showing the world what true, sacrificial love is all about.