My granddaughter Shelby and I were sitting outside on the front steps of her house a couple of days ago. She was squished up against me as tight as she could and she looked at me and said, “Grampa, I love you. Thanks for coming to my house,” and she gave me a little peck on my arm. “You’re welcome. I love you too Shelby”. My face (and my heart) are smiling right now. She’s only two and a half, yet there is already a depth to her that serves her character well. The most remarkable evidence of that depth is her whole-hearted willingness to bestow her little sweet love on those around her. She is the fruit of her Mom and Dad, Rachel and Mark. . .and a reflection of the family and friends who continually give her the freedom to be herself. Her middle name should be Love. Just what the world needs now.
I was driving into the office this morning and a car started tail-gating me, even though I was already ten over the limit. I was watching her in my mirror and she started vigorously waving her hands, motioning me over to the right lane so she could pass me. Even though I’ve been at both ends of the tail-gating experience, I’ve never had one motioning me over before. I had a few choice words for her that popped up in my thoughts. . .and I moved over. A half mile later, the two of us were side by side at a red light. I looked over at her, ready to give her a sheepish smile and say, “I am the tortoise” but she wasn’t having any of it. There is a hate and anger in me that always has a potential to erupt in any situation when I feel victimized. But the world has too much of that, and you know what the world needs now. And no, not just for some, but for everyone.
“A new commandment I give you. Love one another. As I have Loved you, so must you Love one another. All men will know if you are my child, if you Love one another. . .God is Love and all who live in Love, live in God and God lives in them.” John 13:34-35; 1John 4:16
Lord, we don’t need another mountain, there are mountains and hillsides enough to climb; there are oceans and rivers; enough to cross, enough to last until the end of time. And Lord, we don’t need another meadow and there are corn fields and wheat fields enough to grow. There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine, O please listen Lord, if you really want to know, what the world needs now. It’s Love, sweet Love. No not just for some, but for everyone.
Love: “the attraction, desire or affection felt for a person who arouses delight or admiration or elicits tenderness, sympathetic interest and benevolence; devoted affection like a mother’s or father’s love; a warm affection with enthusiasm; hold dear; attraction based on sexual desire with the affection and tenderness felt by lovers; to cherish and foster with Divine Love and mercy.” Webster
Love: “Love is an incredibly powerful word. When you’re in love, you always want to be together and when you’re not, you’re thinking about being together because you need that person and without them your life is incomplete. This love is unconditional affection with no limits or conditions: completely loving someone.” Urban Dictionary
Love: “If I understand all the secret truths and mysteries of life and possess all knowledge, if I have not Love (God’s Love in me), I am nothing – a useless nobody. If I dole out all that I have to the poor in providing food and money, if I go to extremes in sacrificing for others, but have not Love (God’s Love in me), I gain nothing.
Love endures long and is patient and kind. Love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy. It is not boastful or conceited nor is it arrogant and inflated with pride. It is not rude and unmannerly. Love (God’s Love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking. It is not fretful or touchy or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it. It pays no attention to a suffered wrong.
It does not rejoice at injustice and wrong-doing and law-breaking, but Love rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes. It is ever ready to believe the best of every person. It’s hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and endures everything without weakening. LOVE NEVER FAILS. IT NEVER FADES OUT OR COMES TO AN END.” 1Corinthians 13:1-8
This is the measuring stick for Love. This alone is Love. Only this Love can transform the world. But it is a Love that is impossible for man. Who can fulfill these requirements? It is possible with God. Only He possesses Love that there’s just too little of. It is a warm and devoted Love, an unconditional Love that delights in His children. A Love full of mercy and forgiveness, with no limits or conditions. A Love that creates a union with the Son of God, who becomes the very Life of each of His children and through them spreads His Love, Sweet Love. . . and it is what the world needs now.