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A flourish of hugs and how are yous accompanying my mom’s arrival for the weekend. No matter the age, the grandkids are excited to see Grandma and Grandma is ready to see everyone. There is something special about mom visiting our home. A sense of home and peace envelop our visit.
Everyone got their hugs in and gave Grandma an update on the latest and greatest. The energy somewhat calmed down and mom and I ended up on the back deck, swinging and looking over the lake. In a rare moment, I had my mom to myself! We were able to get caught up with one another without the distraction of grandkids.
When we ran out of things to talk about, we sat, in stillness, together. We didn’t have to talk to enjoy each other’s company. Sitting beside mom, sharing the view and relaxing in the sun is as meaningful as talking about what’s on my mind or what I’m working through.
We soon grew hungry, found my daughter and ate dinner. We got up and moved away from the swing and view, but the effects of the visit lingered and are stored in my memory and heart.
On our way to dinner, “Practice what you preach,” flashed across my mind. I have spoken many times about spending quality, quiet time getting to know Jesus and listening to His end of the conversation. Having spent quality time with my mom reminded me I need to do the same with Jesus.
That evening, I retreated to one of my quiet places. I read scripture that I have read numerous times and know it well. Yet, that night, Jesus revealed a deeper, powerful meaning.
1st Corinthians 13:4-8 is a well known passage that is quoted often.
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance….Love lasts forever.” (New Living Translation)
In my quiet times with Jesus, I’m learning more and more about who He is, who He is to me and how He lives in me. God is love is a foundational understanding of who He is. God’s greatest gift to all of us is Jesus. Jesus is the gift of love. God sent Love to earth to live among us and be our earthly example of who God is, how He lives in us and who He created us to be.
As I read of what love is, a light bulb brightened my dimmed understanding.
Jesus is patient. Jesus is kind. Jesus is not jealous or boastful or proud. Jesus is not rude. Jesus does not demand His own way. Jesus is not irritable. Jesus keeps no record of being wronged. Jesus does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices when the truth wins out. Jesus never gives up. Jesus never loses faith. Jesus is always hopeful. Jesus endures through every circumstance. Jesus lasts forever! (my interpretation)
Jesus’ patience never runs thin when I miss what He is trying to tell me. Jesus is always kind. Not a negative word about who I am or how I am doing comes out of His mouth. Jesus knows He is all powerful, yet His heart is humble. There is no tally chart of all my wrongdoings. Jesus desires truth, not condemnation. Jesus will never give up on me. I am not a lost cause. I am His. The world around us will fail us; Jesus never will. Jesus is my biggest fan. He hopes and desires for me to be completely His. Jesus has endured the greatest pain and betrayal. He endured it so I can live a life of love and not of eternal pain and betrayal. Jesus lasts forever. Jesus is not a fad. His love doesn’t not fade with time. Jesus is forever. Jesus is Love.
Read it outloud. Pongo (our dog) didn’t mind me talking to myself. He’s used to it!! Push aside the awkward and read the scripture out loud and plug Jesus’ name in for love. What stood out to you the most? What phrase means that most to you?
God is love. Jesus is love. Love is an action. Love is a state of being. Love is a glimpse of the realm of God, of the realm of who He created us to be.
Sitting in the swing with my mom was an example of what Jesus desires to do with us. Once you get through your litany Jesus wish list, sit in His presence. Ask Him, what would you like to reveal to me today? How can I grow in my understanding of who you are? Go sit a spell, relish in His presence and take in His view. You will be in awe and at peace in His company.
Thanks for sharing this moment with me. We are in this, sitting out the back porch together, with Him.
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