Wednesday, January 17, 2018
I Love You, Too!
He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all you mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
We have our oldest granddaughter, Virginia Rose, staying with us over the weekend. It is always an indescribable joy to have her, and my husband, Danny, and I cherish every moment spent with her.
What thrills and surprises our hearts is how many times in the course of a day we hear Virginia declare, "I love you, Papa! I love you, Gammie!" She may pipe up when she's working on a drawing, waiting for her peanut butter and jelly sandwich, brushing her teeth, or playing games with us. No, she's not looking for favors. Virginia is merely expressing the generous feelings rising up from the depths of her soul. She is so grateful for her time with us.
"I love you, Gammie! I love you, Papa!"
"I love you, too!" we assure her as hugs are shared all around.
Can anything make us feel better than that unaffected and genuine expression of emotion? No, not a thing!
And often, Virginia will conclude her affirmation of love for us with appreciation for her family. "I have the best family ever!"
Wow . . . just wow!
And in Virginia's readily shared proclamations of love, I am given pause to reflect: How many times a day do I stop what I'm doing and say to my Father, my Jesus, my Holy Spirit, "I love you!" If you are like me, not nearly enough!
And how many times do I regard my neighbors, my fellow human beings, as "the best family ever!"? Loving them as myself just as Jesus commanded? Once again, epic fail!
But with God's help, I can turn this all around. Because no longer do I simply want to take Luke 10:27 to heart, I need to act on it.
Live by it.
Looking with the love of Jesus at all people as God's children - the best family there is.
Telling the Lord, often and with thanksgiving, "I love you!"
And I have no doubt I'll hear Him answer, "I love you, too!"
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