Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I Get the Message!
1 John 2:7
Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.
I love reading aloud to my children when they are small. Both pay rapt attention to the words I say as they admire the illustrations on the pages.
Inevitably, when we finish a particularly enchanting story, I can expect to hear,
"Again, Mama! Read it again!"
If it isn't too close to bedtime, I oblige.
Because, I remember I am the same way as a little girl.
If I like a story, I can't get enough of it.
When I am eight-years-old, my parents give me a copy of Charlotte's Web for my birthday. I am enthralled. I can't put it down.
And, I can't read it just once.
"I thought you already read that book," my mom observes. "Why are you reading it again?"
"Because, I love it."
Love being lost in the magical world of Fern and Wilbur. The geese and Templeton.
Charlotte . . .
No matter how many times I read the book, the is story is ever fresh and new. Inviting. Comforting.
I always feel at home . . .
There are only two books besides Charlotte's Web that I've cherished enough in my life time to read more than once: C. S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
In reflecting upon the "why" of this, the common thread is clear.
Woven uniquely in each is the "old message".
The one Christ gave to us when He willingly went to the cross.
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." (John 15:13)
The old message. The true message.
Of friendship. Of love. Of sacrifice.
Of salvation . . .
Do you have favorite books you have read more than once?
Will you pray with me?
Thank you, Father, for loving us so much that You sent Your beloved Son to die for our sins. Because of His sacrifice, we can live in freedom, in hope, in faith. Let us love one another as He has loved us. Amen.
Psalms 97, 99, (100) or 94, 95
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