Friday, August 2, 2019
Covered by Love
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
One of the inevitable pitfalls of getting older is the onset of facial wrinkles. I'll be the first to admit I don't like them taunting me every time I look in the mirror, but I can't deny their presence.
Yes, I use various lotions to try to minimize the situation, and I employ make-up to help soften the look of age. But nothing I can do will ever erase them completely. Believe it or not, I'm okay with that. As Mrs. Fairchild says in my novels, they aren't wrinkles, they're "life lines."
I like that!
So, in light of this, when my senior high school photo emerges at my mother's house, I'm not envious of the youthful, supple face that was once mine. Do I feel a bit nostalgic for the bygone days? I suppose so, but never do I feel the longing to turn back the hands of time.
When granddaughter, Virginia Rose, and I travel to Mom's house earlier this summer, Great-Nana thinks it a grand idea to show her this picture. Oh, no! What will Virginia think about her ancient Gammie now? What will she say?
Virginia takes one look at the photo, then turns to me with a broad smile and states the last thing I'd ever expect to hear: "You look just the same, Gammie!"
WHAT??? And immediately, I wonder if this child needs her eyes checked! But the second thought I entertain is the why Virginia views my appearance in this way.
I glance over at my ninety-one-year-old mother, and the answer hits me like the proverbial ton of bricks. I don't see an aged woman, I see her! The person who raised me, cared for me and loved me with a deep and abiding commitment. A precious love we'll always share.
It's the same kind of love Virginia has for me, and I for her.
A love guaranteed to cover over a multitude of sins.
And wrinkles, too!
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