There is no one special in my life anymore--but I have loved and lost--and even in the pain of the loss---it was all worth it. As I took the Little Man to school this morning, I witnessed a couple dropping their child off together. Walking out of the school, the dad stopped and kissed the mom and told her he loved her---and they went their separate ways--headed in opposite directions. As I walked away from this sweet sight, I thought of how many times I had been kissed and told I was loved over the life of a long marriage. What a wonderful way to start your day! I especially miss the warmth of a touch--whether lips, hands, or a gentle caress that sends the message of love.
We are born with a need to be loved. I have held enough babies in my lifetime to know they respond to our touch and love. Watching the grands vie for attention gives me clear evidence of their need for approval and love. We are not meant to be solitary creatures. God created Eve so that Adam would have a partner---for it was not good for man to be alone.
And then the apple was pulled from the tree---and the perfect love of the first couple was no more. Jealousy, discontent, narcissism, and on and on were born with that first nibble. Love that had been easy and natural then became more of a struggle. For when man decided he knew better than the Creator God and placed himself on the throne---the perfect love God designed for man became distorted.
The love between a man and a woman is beautiful--but it is only one example of love. Love comes in many varieties--but always is a choice we make. The secret to a true and whole love is always putting the other first. When you do unto others--always do more for the other and the fruit to be reaped is a pure and perfect example of love.
God is the very definition of love---one of His attributes is love--and He always chooses to love us. The most perfect example of selfless love was allowing the death of Jesus upon the cross--so we may enjoy eternity with Him. He did for us---He chose to provide a way to reconcile us to Him---He did more than we could ever deserve--without thought of what He would gain---but instead freely sacrificed His Son- in order that we might be redeemed.
So I am thankful for love---in every shape and form it comes in---I praise Him and bless Him for showing us how to love--for sending us the perfect example of love---and loving us in spite of who we are.
Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
I John 4:8