My friend, may I ask you a question? I like to think that this is the way that God cares for you and I. Sure, He provides daily bread and protection. He cares for us in the first order of love by making sure that we are amply provided for and securely protected. But doesn’t our God do more than this, though; when he shadows us with His followup love by adding love to love?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I remember having a bad case of pneumonia as a little boy. I was so sick, so congested and hurting, that I wasn’t even able to lay down at night to sleep. My lungs hurt and I was running a fever. My Mom took good care of me during my sickness. She took me to see a doctor and made sure that I had the right medicines. She fed me soup and kept me hydrated. She did everything that a Mom should do to make sure that her child would get better. She ran a calming humidifier in my room to keep the air clean and medicated. My meals were served in bed and Mom checked on me during the night to see that I was doing well. Eventually I got better and returned to school and all of my usual activities. Looking back on the illness now, after decades, though, the thing that I remember most vividly was her insistence on fluffing the pillows that propped me up in bed. It was a simple thing, but it was all about love and giving me something more than I needed to get better. I like to call that followup love. It’s love that follows love; it adds something extra that makes the first love even more meaningful.
Here’s a story: A little boy was eagerly looking forward to the birthday party of a friend who lived only a few blocks away. When the day finally arrived, a blizzard made the sidewalks and roads nearly impassable. The boy's father, sensing the danger, hesitated to let his son go. The youngster reacted tearfully. “But Dad,” he pleaded, “all the other kids will be there. Their parents are letting them go.” The father thought for a moment, then replied softly, “All right, you may go.” Surprised but overjoyed, the boy bundled up and plunged into the raging storm. The driving snow made visibility almost impossible, and it took him more than half an hour to trudge the short distance to the party. As he rang the doorbell, he turned briefly to look out into the storm. His eye caught the shadow of a retreating figure. It was his father. He had followed his son's every step to make sure he arrived safely. (Source Unknown.)
I like to think that this is the way that God cares for you and I. Sure, He provides daily bread and protection. He cares for us in the first order of love by making sure that we are amply provided for and securely protected. Our God does more than this, though; He shadows us with His followup love by adding love to love. He adds bounty to the daily bread and comfort to the protection. We sense this added love, but often don’t grasp it fully, almost like my sense of the fluffed pillows now, over fifty years later. We often hear about Christian joy; but in the end, isn’t this the source of all joy, both the unmerited first love and the fluffing up love of that which secretly follows the first?
We pray. Heavenly Father. Sometimes we feel uncertain about what we’re facing. Please guide us and help us to cope with what is unfolding. Please also grant us the peace that only You can give. Amid our worries, please come alongside us and sustain us. We know that we can put our trust in you. Please grant us reminders along the way, so that we do not become overtaken by the unknown. Follow us Lord, every step of the way. In Jesus name. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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