Where is the Love?

Where is Love?

“The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.” Romans 13:9

In the play “Oliver,” the title character sings the following words. I believe, if I remember correctly, that he is dreaming of finding a mother’s love but, this morning, the lyrics are playing through my mind as I think of brothers and sisters in Christ. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of love in my life, in fact, I am blessed but I have also (as I am sure you can share) been hurt deeply by brothers and sisters in the faith; even those who serve as the shepherds to flocks of Christian sheep. Those who believe they’ve been called by God to serve dirty, smelly, disobedient, adventurous sheep. My heart wonders; do modern day shepherds remember that shepherds also are smelly, dirty, adventurous, and disobedient too? Anyone who has called on God for forgiveness is merely a sinner saved by grace! We are called to love, not sin but others, especially in the family of God. So, today I am wondering where Christian love can truly be found for I am naïve enough to believe that it exists… somewhere!

Where is love? Does it fall from skies above?

Is it underneath the willow tree that I’ve been dreaming of? 

Where is she? Who I close my eyes to see?

Will I ever know that sweet hello, that’s meant for only me?

Who can say where she may hide? Must I travel far and wide?

Till I am beside that someone who I can mean something to?

Where? Where? Is love? 

Every night I kneel and pray, “let tomorrow be the day

When I see the face of someone who I can mean something to?”

Where? Where? Is love? 

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Tiniest

Tiniest

“The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. (…) ‘I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are Mine. (…) If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is Mine, and all that is in it. (…) Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High,, and call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me’.” Selected verses from Psalm 50

In the shadow of my Dad’s passing, I have spent hours mulling through memories of the 65 year span of our life together. By far, the positive outweigh the negative but the most precious are his efforts – post retirement – to assure my Mom’s happiness. Wow; could he go overboard … I believe, of the over 2000 bells she cherished, he bought half for her. He dumpster dove for shelves while perusing yard and garage sales for the bells themselves. The same when he saw how much she loved hummingbirds, the yard became a paradise for the tiny birds. Walking into their home, one would hear tales of how many hummingbirds had visited in the last 24 hours.

All birds, but especially hummingbirds, are fascinating creatures; don’t you think? If you can get them to sit still long enough to identify them, you’d notice that they could be annual visitors. Depending on the species, habitat conditions, predators and other factors, including threats to hummingbirds, the average lifespan of a wild hummingbird is 3-12 years. The scriptures remind us that God knows and cares for all nature He spoke into being. Even more amazing, just as my Dad had a desire to see Mom happy, God sees, protects, loves and cares for His children; US ~ you and me! Is that cool or what?

 “Oh, how He loves you and me

Oh, how He loves you and me

He gave His Son, what more could He do?

Oh, how He loves you

Oh, how He loves me

Oh, how He loves you and me!”

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Everything

Everything

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, (…) a time to weep and a time to laugh, (…) a time to mourn and a time to dance, (…) God has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (…) I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.” Selections from Ecclesiastes 3

On June 22, 2015 with the passing of my Dad into his eternity with our Lord, I became an orphan. My five siblings also became orphans and, with much prayer, we and our families are searching for our new normal. All of this is normal and natural as are the little pebbles that we have stumbled over which have caused a few hurt hearts; I believe prayer and time will heal the hearts; I believe God will lead whoever to do whatever it takes. I need to trust that. When my Mom passed, 4 ½ years ago, I dealt differently; I couldn’t write or share enough about her… she shared a deep love of God, longing to serve Him with His people. My Dad came to the Lord late in life after years of believing that goodness and a belief in God is enough. During her cancer battle, Mom led him to a saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. At his passing after a lengthy battle against Parkinson’s disease, I know he joined Mom in Heaven where they will spend eternity together; our family will be reunited with them, one by one!

In blunt honesty, I don’t know much about the next chapter in the life of my family but this much I do know … “EVERYTHING GOD DOES WILL ENDURE FOREVER!” Looking around at the culture of the United States; it is not Christian friendly and I pray often; for those I love, for those who believe love and desire outweigh sin because of God’s grace, for my grandkids’ faith to grow deep with roots wrapped tightly around the foundational beliefs they’ve been taught, for my siblings to DESIRE family over everything but the Lord – that somehow we will be able to shorten the distances between OR, ID, NV, IL, NC, FL, and NJ; that we will continue to care enough to reach out! Mom and Dad accumulated a lot of stuff in life, most of it was donated and shared with others, their wealth was not here on earth but in the six lives they sacrificed their very lifeblood for; we all know what their desire would be; whether we open our hearts to it or not is a personal decision we all must face!

My prayers for all of you; the readers have been constant through my “away” time. My blogs, my devotionals, my ministry, Rick and my service through our church home and the deep desire we feel to love and exemplify God’s love to our children and grandchildren will go on! As the writer of Ecclesiastes penned thousands of years ago, There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, (…) a time to weep and a time to laugh, (…) a time to mourn and a time to dance, (…) God has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (…) I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.”

 

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org