HOPE. PEACE. JOY. LOVE.
Thursday, December 3
Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. - 1 Corinthians 13:7
How many of you used this passage from Paul's letter to the Corinthians as a reading at your wedding? At that point in time, it's all about the love we have for our new spouse and our hope for the future of our marriage. However, as we move through life and begin families of our own, it transforms into a description for the love we have for our children: and thus, the love that our Heavenly Father has for us.
When I reflect on the story of Jesus' birth, I think of not only that sweet little baby, lying in the manger, but I think of Mary. Of the love and hope she had for his life. She realized even before he was born, however, that her plans for his life -- and her life, too -- were just that: her plans. God had plans of his own for Jesus, just as he has plans for our children. No matter where their lives take them, our love and God's love for them never wavers or fades.
I think about the indescribable love I have for my own children, and I am humbled. Because I know that, that love -- which completely consumes me -- is infinitesimal when compared to the love the Lord has for us. As we move through life and parenthood, we are faced with what feels like insurmountable challenges and hurdles; but I am reminded of Mary: young, scared, and pregnant. She trusted that God would keep true to his word, and that comforts me as well. When we feel as if we have nothing else to give, just love.
Dear Lord, let us remember that your love will bring us through the tough times. Let us trust in you and your Word when we are scared and hopeless, and know that your love for us will always persevere. Amen