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Love by Roy Croft is a special reading because it gets to the heart of the contribution each partner makes to a marriage.

 

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am when I am with you.

 

I love you,
Not only for what you have made of yourself,
But for what you are making of me.

 

I love you
For the part of me that you bring out;
I love you
For putting your hand into my heaped-up heart
And passing over all the foolish, weak things that you can’t help dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out into the light
all the beautiful belongings that no one else had looked quite far enough to find.

 

I love you because you are helping me to make of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern, but a temple;
Out of the works, of my every day, not a reproach, but a song.

 

I love you
Because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good
And more than any fate could have done to make me happy.

 

You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it by being yourself.
Perhaps that is what being a friend means, after all.