- American couple Murphy and Lucinda posted a photo from their engagement online with the caption: 'It's never too late to find love' and it instantly went viral
- Their love story is very touching and will find a special place in your heart
Murphy is 70 years old and Lucinda is in her 60s. Both of them were previously married and after Murphy's wife passed and Lucinda got divorced, it was only a matter of time before the two would find each other.
Photographer Gianna Snell shared their story on her website. Upon meeting them, she said: "I turned back around to see this 70-year-old man inching closer and closer to his 60-something bride-to-be's side and sliding his hand around her waist, flirting and whispering in her ear." She knew from that moment that their story would be a special one.
She said: "Cleveland Wilson aka Murphy is no stranger to true love. He and his late wife and best friend Antoinette were happily married for 41 years until her death in 2013. He wondered if the ache in his heart would ever heal. He knew he was not cut out to live the bachelor life, but he didn't want to go through the process of dating again." (edited)
Murphy said: "After Antoinette died, I had all kinds of things going on; I was teaching high school classes, directing choirs for various churches, and hanging out with my 4 grandchildren but there was still an empty space and it couldn't be filled with more work. My life balance just wasn't there."
Gianna continued: "Murphy took a break from church for some months to heal and when he returned, the church had a new member, Ms Lucinda Myers who had just moved into town. Lucinda was divorced and single for 30 years, she had been praying and waiting for God to send her a husband."
"Each Saturday, Lucinda sat in the balcony on the front row at church while Murphy was one row behind. For over 3 years, they both occupied the same space in church but didn't have any interaction with each other. But with time, the two started to admire each other."
"On Easter weekend 2017, Lucinda was invited to Murphy's home by a mutual friend and the two of them ended up talking all day and into the night. The mental, emotional and spiritual connection was undeniably strong and there was physical attraction too." (edited).
Lucinda said: "I thought he was cute. He was tall, handsome and had a calm demeanor. I know this is from the Lord, because I prayed for him. I had been asking God to send me someone and Murphy is everything I've ever wanted in a man. "We laugh and talk for hours...We sit down and start talking then look up and realize its been four or five hours and it's just the two of us. We just enjoy each other."
The couple are going to get married on Saturday, July 29. Lucinda advised others who are waiting on true love: "Hold on, and keep the faith. Our time is not God's time...He has His time. Make sure that you continue to do things that make you happy. I didn't need a human being to make me happy...If God hadn't sent Murphy, I'd still be happy doing what I loved to do, but now that he's in my life, he is the icing on the cake!"
Murphy concluded: "We've had two very different journeys that led us to this intersection in our lives. Many people have asked me how I could love again after loving my first wife so deeply. But I can never love someone the way I loved Antoinette, but I can love someone as much as I loved Antoinette and that person that I've chosen to love is Lucinda."
I love her for who she is, just like I loved Antoinette for who she was. There will never be a replacement for those chapters in my life, and the 41 years I had with Antoinette...This new love is a continuation of the same book, just a different chapter, which takes nothing away from the earlier chapters of my life. They are completely separate in my mind."
"We were both searching and what I was looking for and what she was looking for...we found it! Lucinda has given me my balance back and that's what was missing."
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