Our little grandson Henry turned two this week. He had a fun “choo-choo” party last weekend. His little friends came and big friends, too. He received gifts he’ll love and play with for months ahead.
But two of Henry’s biggest fans weren’t at the party.
Yet they showed him their love in big ways anyway.
My daughter Jenna and I deliver meals on Monday to disabled residents in town, but the food isn’t the first thing people look for when they see us coming. It’s Henry. He’s the main attraction. Each week our friends are more excited to see Henry than to receive a meal.
Last Monday, two of the women on an upper floor were eagerly anticipating Henry’s arrival because they knew it was his birthday week. They each had bought him gifts, despite being on limited incomes themselves. They practically raced each other to see who could be first to give their gifts.
Their delight at his delight was priceless.
This is precious love.
“Loving others and allowing yourself to be loved are the only things that matter in this eighty-trips-around-the-sun adventure we call life,” writes pastor Josh Graves in his newest book, The Simple Secret (I hope to read it soon!).
Also in the book Josh quotes this definition of love that Scot McKnight told a group of fellow pastors:
“Love is a rugged commitment to be with someone, to be for someone, unto Christlikeness, for as long as it takes.”
Loving like this isn’t always easy. Love can be complicated and difficult and draining at times.
But if love is the meaning of life—and I believe it is—then loving is always worth it.
May we keep giving and receiving love more and more each day of our lives.
Where have you seen love lately? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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One way to love more is to love wider. In our featured post this week, Michele writes about growing in wisdom by looking for—and finding!—diversity in her not-so-diverse area of Maine.
“The input of others, the influence of time, and the grace of God introduce a kind of humility appropriate to a time-bound creature like me.”
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