“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3: 16-17).
What a word! I’m writing this as I sit in a recliner waiting for the appointment to have the bandage removed from my new knee. Tomorrow, if you’ve listened to the radio or read the paper is the big LOVE day, February 14th. Did you read Randy’s Love Letter in The Messenger? Flowers, candy, gifts and dining out.
Over the past 17 days I’ve witnessed so many different kinds of love, and I would like to add dedication to that list. A family’s love getting me to pre-surgery appointments and classes. Husband’s care and consoling when pain was taking charge. There were doctors, nurses and technicians dedicated to professions, clerks at the admitting desks, pharmacists and those that guided your bed to the proper station and those who cared for you after surgery.
At home again there were those who telephoned, sent cards, neighbors brought food and did some shopping. My Bible gives me four definitions of LOVE: Physical Love - EROS, Family Love - STORGE, Affectionate Love – PHILEO, and Love of Choice - AGAPE. All of the above have been showered and shown to me. The greatest was when in the dark of night, when pain woke me and I cried, God was listening for my call and he never failed. His Love calmed me and told me to be patient – healing is on its way.
God loves us so much he sent a bundle of love at Christmas and then 33 years later used that same bundle nailed on a cross to provide forgiveness and LOVE that is eternal. Love is such an encompassing word.
Gracious Father of Love, thank you for the Love you have given and shared that knows no bounds. It surrounds the universe in every hill and vale. Bless and keep us always in your Love. Amen.