1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Granddaughter, Virginia Rose, and I are playing magnetic darts in the playroom downstairs. Everyone else is upstairs, so it's just the two of us. Out of the blue, she stops the game and meets my gaze in earnest.
"Can I sing you a song I made up, Gammie?" she asks tentatively. The uncertainty in her voice gives me pause. And I wonder, fleetingly, why Virginia thinks that I wouldn't want to hear her song; savor the sweet, lilting tones of her voice.
"Of course, you can, honey. I'd love to hear it," I tell her.
"Are you sure?" Virginia is rocking side to side on her feet, a sure sign she is struggling with her confidence.
"I'm more that sure!" I declare, sending a warm smile her way.
"Okay," Virginia responds, her assurance restored. She takes a deep breath and plunges in.
Who cares if we got no shelter
We will always have each other
People can take away our houses
And they can take away all our stuff
But they can't take away our love
And our strong faith and hope
'Cause we will always have each other
I'm blown away. Like chaff in the wind and dust in the storm. How do these incomparable words of wisdom emerge from a seven-year-old??? Due to work schedules, Virginia's parents cannot take her to church. When she visits with us, we often talk about God, we pray together, and she remembers Vacation Bible School like it was yesterday. These experiences, as limited as they may be, have provided exposure to God, to Jesus, and to His great love for us. She has welcomed Him with open arms. And He, it seems, has taken up permanent residence in her heart.
"Our strong faith and hope . . ." Virginia knows these matter.
And she "gets" what so many adults, even devout Christians, don't: stuff doesn't matter!!!
It's what matters the most.