In a new music video called “Love Like Theirs,” Maddie Wilson sings about the amazing love that her parents have for one another. From the different scenes depicted, it is apparent that life may not have always been a “bed of roses” for them throughout the years, but despite the painful pricks from the thorns, their unwavering love has been a healing balm unlike no other. Her parents stand as faithful witnesses that at the end of the day, it is love that conquers all, and if they have each other everything will work out.
Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare is noted as having said, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” Perhaps what Shakespeare intended to convey is that when we truly love someone, we must learn to accept both the good and the bad about that person. At times, there will be roadblocks to maneuver and hurdles to jump over. There will be differing opinions and disagreements about even the most trivial matters resulting in the eating of humble pie. And there will also be times when the chinks in the proverbial seemingly impenetrable armor will need to be repaired.
Nevertheless, true love is not something that dissipates with the fleeting moments of time; rather it is a rock of permanence that endures the test of time. Jodi Picoult, author of such #1 New York bestsellers as The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, and Between the Lines has said, “Love is not an equation, it is not a contract, and it is not a happy ending. Love is the slate under the chalk, the ground that buildings rise, and the oxygen in the air. It is the place you come back to, no matter where you’re headed.”
And speaking about love, this author has often said, “True love knows no limits or boundaries. It is not governed nor ruled by the dictates and potentates of men, rather its governance is per the affairs of the heart. The roadblocks that are seemingly placed in its path to detour it from reaching its full fruition are not viewed as brick walls, but its genius can turn those obstacles into stepping-stones.” Furthermore, he has said, “True love is not as a ship that passes silently in the night trying to reach its destination, for it has already arrived at its home port and is safely anchored in the harbor. No matter how strong the winds of adversity may blow, or how hard the waves of trials, tribulations, and temptations may crash against its hull, it does not pull up its anchor in an attempt to head back to sea seeking refuge from the storm. It does, however, do whatever it takes to make sure that its anchor holds and that the ship’s infrastructure is durable enough to weather the storm.”
In the description of the video published on her YouTube channel on 10 November 2016, Maddie comments, “This song has a special meaning to my family and me. I hope that it does for you as well. I think the world needs to hear more stories of true, lasting love.”
Latter-day Saint Musicians would also like to extend congratulations to Maddie Wilson on her engagement and wish for her a “Love Like Theirs” that will endure the test of time.