Love changes us in a way that, if regarded with care and investment, lasts for a lifetime. From the moment we fall into it, we are transformed by its powerful sway. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
Falling in love; it’s an indescribable feeling that is rare in a lifetime as it ought to be. There isn’t one among us who doesn’t hope for it from youth onward. When I fell in love with my wife nearly 40 years ago, I was filled with inexplicable joy. I can still remember the exact moment, where I was and what I was doing. It was late in the evening of March 10, 1978. I was driving my 1974 Plymouth Satellite westbound down St. Paul Avenue in Milwaukee toward the upper flat I shared with my three college roommates. I had just dropped my future wife off at her dorm and was basking in the moment. I knew she owned my heart after only one date. Holly and I spent nearly every day together after that for a year and a half until we were married 13 months later. There wasn’t a day that passed during that time when I didn’t think of her, as I was deeply in love. I was a different man from that night until this very day.
Love is like that; it changes us in a way that, if regarded with care and investment, lasts for a lifetime. From the moment we fall into it, we are transformed by its powerful sway. How about God? Does this describe your feelings for him?
Here’s a love note to God from Francis Xavier, a 16th Century missionary to Spain written nearly 500 years ago: “My God, I love Thee; not because I hope for heaven thereby, nor yet because who love Thee not are lost eternally. Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me upon the cross embrace; for me didst bear the nails, and spear, and manifold disgrace, and griefs and torments numberless, and sweat of agony; yea, death itself; and all for me who was thine enemy. Then why, O blessed Jesus Christ, should I not love Thee well? Not for the sake of winning heaven, nor of escaping hell; not from the hope of gaining aught, not seeking a reward; but as Thyself hast loved me, O ever-loving Lord. So would I love Thee, dearest Lord, and in Thy praise will sing; solely because Thou art my God, and my most loving King. (Translated by Edward Caswall, 1814-1878.)
I love my wife. I also love my Mother, brothers and sisters. In fact there are many people in this life that I can say I have deep feelings for. Holly, however, owns my heart in a way that none of these can or should. It’s a different kind of love, a love that owns you for you can’t really own it as you do the love you give to even parents and family. I give my time to Holly, investing in our relationship with as much of myself as possible. I long to give her the greatest measure of joy that I can. With others we often live in hope of a reciprocal love. Although reciprocity should never be a measure of any love, with a spouse we are held to the highest standard. The standard is the epitome of humility, grace, endurance, hope, patience and selflessness. These are the investments we make in a spouse. This makes for an incomparable loving relationship. If we truly love God we should be willing to fall into a love relationship with him of similar metal. I guess we all have some work to do in that regard.
We pray. Truly we love you Lord, but perhaps we have fallen short of how we love you. We long for a relationship with you that reflects some small portion of how you love us. Help us to strive to please you, give you of ourselves that which fills you with joy. Forgive us Lord when we say we love you but aren’t willing to make the investment in love that a truly loving relationship requires. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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