Monday, February 14, 2005

Love is all around...

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy,
it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
- 1 Corinthians 13

Today is Valentines Day ...
Happy Valentines Day Everybody!!

Love is such a simple and pure thing but many times we people make it too complicated. Ya ... Guess that is why we are imperfect.

Only God's love is perfect.
Dun you agree?

A Love Story

I trust in God’s unfailing love, for ever and ever. Psalm 52:8b

Around Valentine’s Day most people think about love.
With all of the media hype, even people who aren’t in love, think about love!
Here, however, is a great story about the depths of real love;
a love that goes far beyond romance; and a love that is instructive to all!

"It was a busy morning, about 8:30 a.m.,
when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived
to have stitches removed from his thumb.
He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 a.m.
I took his vital signs and had him take a seat
knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him.

I saw him looking at his watch and decided
since I was not busy with another patient
that I would evaluate his wound. It had healed well,
so I talked to one of the doctors and
got the needed supplies to remove his stitches.
While taking care of the wound we began a conversation.

I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment that morning
as he was in such a hurry. He told me no,
but that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.
I then inquired about her health.
He told me that she had been in the nursing home for awhile
and that she had Alzheimer’s Disease.
As we talked, I asked him if she would be worried if he was a bit late.
He replied that she no longer knew who he was
and that she had not recognized him in five years.
I was surprised, and asked him
why he was still going every morning to visit his wife
even though she didn’t know who he is.
He smiled and patted my hand and said,

'She doesn’t know me but I still know who she is.'

I tried to hold back tears as he left –
I had goose bumps on my arm –
and I thought to myself, 'That is the kind of love I want in my life.'"

We all want to be loved in that kind of way –
a love that remains strong and unchanged even when we don’t recognize it!
Thank God that He loves us in exactly in that way!
Though we may not recognize it, feel it, appreciate it or
even take it for granted,
God’s love for us never changes!
He is always there for us!
And God’s love for us sets the example of how we are to love others:
our spouses, children, close friends, casual friends –
and strangers alike.

As we celebrate another Valentine’s Day,
may you be reminded of God’s love and experience it in a new and fresh way –
and pass that same kind of love on to the loved ones in your life!

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