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Greg Oosterhouse
Grand Rapids, MI

Those Three Words

Those three words, a lot of the time, are very hard to say. Those three words, I said to you one day.

I meant every word, I meant every letter. Now that I have said them, I feel so much better.
I use to be so shy, I used to be so quiet. But then I got up the nerve, so I thought I would try it.

I called you on the phone, and got the answering machine. I said 'I love you', and I got to feeling
very keen.

But then I took it a step further, I picked up the phone again. I said 'I love you' directly to you,
making me very happy right then.

So ecstatic I was, that soon after I called a good friend of mine. I told her I love her, too. Yes,
love is very divine.

In most cases, I have received instant reciprocation. With those three words, the shy part of me was
a victim of great devastation.

I then gave myself a challenge so daunting, that it gave my already beaten down shyness a haunting.

I was to tell someone 'I love you' to their face. A challenge I met with relative ease, my heart
keeping its usual pace.

So proud I was that I let the truth be known, to put my love out in the open, to make it known.

Throwing my love around, what great joy, causing in me prayers and praises to God employ.

Love, priceless as an antique.
Love, so common, yet so unique.
This is my love for you,
Everlasting and true.

I would not have said those words three, If I did not mean them. I love you, can't you see?

Domine Deus, tu solus sanctus. Amen.
© Greg A. Oosterhouse
Greg Oosterhouse
Tuesday, October 24, 2006

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