Love comes from God… 1 John 4:7Valentine’s Day is here…a day to celebrate love. We exchange red hearts filled with chocolates, the beauty and aroma of roses fill many a home, and cards express our heartfelt sentiments on this special day.
It was fitting then, that at this week’s Moms In Touch group, our focus was L-O-V-E. Not just any love, but God’s love. His love “endures forever” (Psalm 136); His love nourishes us like branches on a life-giving vine and prunes us so we’re fruitful (John 15: 2, 5); His love allows us to ask whatever we wish and it will be given, as long as we remain in Him (John 15: 7). God tells us greater love has no man than this, that He lay down His life for His friend. And that’s what God did for us through Jesus (John 15: 13). Because of God we are rooted and established in love and He wants us to know how wide and long, high and deep is His love, even though it surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:18, 19). Nothing can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:39).
God lavishes His great love on us. (1 John 3:1)
My father has some very serious health issues and has been suffering with a great deal of pain for a very long time. No longer could he walk his beloved dog, enjoy an evening out, or even sleep through the night. Despite Dad’s positive disposition and his uncanny ability to make the most of life’s hard knocks, he was in agony and had gotten past the point of hiding it. And so, he made the decision, against his cardiologist’s recommendation, to have risky vascular surgery that gave him the hope of once again walking, pain-free.
There was also the chance the surgery would kill him. Dad didn’t hesitate, “I can’t live with the pain anymore.”
Naturally, we, Dad’s children, were deeply concerned. We knew Dad, who is completely of sound mind, had made his decision. And we also knew, after watching dad’s suffering increase almost daily, that he was losing his quality of life. So we accepted dad’s decision, with great sadness at the possibility of losing him.
I was amazed at the love that surrounded us through this very trying week. It began in the waiting room as we sat watching the clock for six hours, while dad underwent the surgery. Calls, e-mails, text messages filled with prayer and good wishes flowed. Then, we got the good news. The surgery was a success! Again, another flurry of communications came in from all over the globe, thanking God for this good report.
The next few days, however, Dad’s health was unstable. He suffered a mild heart attack and became terribly confused. He was hallucinating, having extensive conversations with people who were not there. It was very scary!
Praise God, today, Dad is in the process of recovery. His thoughts are clear and his heart has stabilized. His vital organs are healing.
Through this ordeal, God has lavished His love on us through the deep and abiding love of family and friends. He has reached out and touched us through words of encouragement and prayers for healing. We were covered in His love through the care and concern of others. We were lifted up out of the depths of our circumstances through the prayers of so many. God has poured out His sustaining love through the love of friends and family through these trying times. Yet, I marvel that this is a glimpse, just a glimmer of God’s love for us!!! The fullness of God’s love is indeed beyond all knowing…
I am so thankful for the family and friends God has brought me to demonstrate His love. Through the most difficult of times, I have felt God’s presence through words, flowers, meals, prayers, calls, and cards, truly expressions of love that were more than I could have asked for or imagined.
How about you? When have you felt God’s love powerfully demonstrated through family and friends? I’d love to hear about it!