John’s Blog- Love that Will Not Let Us Go!
I had to twist and turn one night recently trying to get to sleep. I was having trouble making the pain in my back go away. I have gotten to that wonderful age where you have to turn just a certain way to finally get comfortable enough to go to sleep. Age does have its woes, doesn’t it?
But Saturday morning finally did come. I had a wedding rehearsal on Friday night that was filled with joy and excitement. I find particular delight in doing a wedding for someone I watched grow up in the church. I went for my walk early, rain was predicted. When I arrived home, my wife had prepared blueberry coffee cake. This, of course, is a divine sign that my daughter, Suzanne, who is expecting her first child in December, was home for the St. James Art Fair. I sat drinking my coffee and marveling at my now very pregnant daughter. Sorry, I am one of those hopeless romantics who honestly believes that a woman cannot be more beautiful than when she is expecting. It seemed just months ago when she was told she could not have a child. Modern medicine definitely has its wonders. I just figure science is one of the ways God works his miracles. Children, I believe, are God’s way of saying he will never give up on us.
When Suzanne arrived, Teddy, our Dachshund, whom Suzanne had named when he was a puppy (Teddy because she thought he looked like a teddy bear), ran down the steps and jumped into her lap. Even though it had been months since he had seen her, he knew it was her before she could ring the doorbell. They have had a permanent bond ever since she first held him and named him.
God has a permanent bond with us. It began when God chose us and called us beloved. It was reaffirmed in our baptisms. Even as we get older and the aches and pains move into our lives, God never moves out of our lives. When we pay attention, we see that age may bring miseries, but it also brings miracles, like children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. It brings deep, lasting, life-long friendships. It may even open our eyes to love we never even appreciated.
When my father-in-law was near the end of his life, his oldest daughter, Barbie, moved him to a care facility near her home. She stopped by every day and would even feed him when he could no longer feed himself. I was visiting him one day and he confided in me with tears in his eyes that he had never realized how much she loved him.
There may be people in your life who love you far more than you realize. Moreover, I am absolutely certain that God loves us far more than any of us realize. My prayer is that even as age may visit us with aching backs, it might also open our eyes to this love!