I have always heard about how good these Chicken Soup for the Soul stories were though I never took the time to actually sit down and read them. I am now obsessed! My goal is to read all of them! I want a library just of Chicken Soup for the Soul books! Every story in this book just inspired me so much! Just about every night, Matt and I would sit on the couch and I would read story after story. At times, I would get chocked up and through tears streaming down my face, finish the story. At other times, Matt and I would laugh and laugh. Oh how wonderful these stories are!! I have been thinking about starting up an "Inspiration Blog" where I post stories and quotes that just inspire and uplift! I'm thinking it over.. The following is a story that just touched my heart, when I read it, from the above Chicken Soup. It is titled True Love.
Moses Mendelssohn, the grandfather of the well-known German composer, was far from being handsome. Along with a rather short stature, he had a grotesque hunchback.
One day he visited a merchant in Hamburg who had a lovely daughter named Frumtje. Moses fell hopelessly in love with her. But Frumtje was repulsed by his misshapen appearance.
When it came time for him to leave, Moses gathered his courage and climbed the stairs to her room to make one last opportunity to speak with her. She was a vision of heavenly beauty, but caused him deep sadness by her refusal to look at him. After several attempts at conversation, Moses shyly asked, "Do you believe marriages are made in heaven?"
"Yes," she answered, still looking at the floor. "And do you?"
"Yes I do," he replied. "You see, in heaven at the birth of each boy, the Lord announces which girl he will marry. When I was born, my future bride was pointed out to me. Then the Lord added, 'But your wife will be humpbacked.'
"Right then and there I called out, 'Oh Lord, a humpbacked woman would be a tragedy! Please, Lord, give me the hump and let her be beautiful.'"
Then Frumtje looked up into his eyes and was stirred by some deep memory. She reached out and gave Mendelssohn her hand and later became his devoted wife.
That in a nutshell is true love!!