So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
A few years ago I offered pastoral care to a woman who lost her husband of many years. He had been almost non-responsive in a nursing home for the three years prior to his death. In those years she took wonderful care of him, going to the nursing home three times a day, every day, to feed him his meals. When she looked into his eyes I could tell that she had a love for him that ran too deep for words.