This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. -John 3:16-18
My parents’ song was “Always”. The lyrics began with “I’ll be loving you always, with a love that’s true, always, always:” What sweet and tender words. In their day divorce was not common. They worked things out, tried to fix what was broken and chose their battles wisely. My parents understood and appreciated the gifts and talents they were given and shared of themselves and their things generously with others. Great role models.
This week my husband and I will celebrate 44 years of marriage. The time has flown by. It was just yesterday we were fresh-faced, young and naïve standing at that altar. Over the years, we have weathered many storms, all of which God guided us safely through to higher ground each and every time. God blessed us with two loving children that have now become accomplished, responsible adults with families of their own. We are so proud and grateful for our journey together and as a family. We know we are blessed for having endured the ups and downs of a relationship, particularly in this “throw away” world we live in now. So it seems that my parents’ song has now become our song too!
The God we serve and worship always loves us with a love that is undeniable. Always standing by, waiting for us to seek him, to learn from him, to hear his guidance. His love for us is the best example of unconditional, caring love. I hear people talking of loneliness or trying to find their purpose and living blindly. Then there are those that can’t be happy no matter how blessed they seem to be. It all begins with God. Happiness that lasts, love that lasts and the peace that follows only comes from God and a relationship rooted in faith. I am the vine; and you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. -John 15:5.