Sunday, October 18, 2009
Love is Enough
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. . ."--Mark 12:30 NIV
If I stepped to the Throne of Grace now, what would I say?
Would these words tumble from my lips?
"I said I would pray for my family and friends. I tried to remember, God, I did. I mumbled prayers between bites of my lunch and in the car, just before my kids starting arguing about what CD to play.
I promised I would donate to the cancer fund for my coworker. Better yet, I meant to visit her, take a meal, fold a load of laundry. But the kids--God--the kids. They were sick, I missed work, and by the time I returned the donation envelope was gone.
God, I meant to read Your Word more often. More than once a week. More than once a day. I meant to study and learn. But my husband wanted my attention in the evening. I owed him that--didn't I?"
I meant to do all those things and more. Instead, here is what I did today:
Today I loved You, Lord, with all my heart: the organ that pulses inside me, the engine that holds my life. Today with every beat I yearned for You with a passion that courses like life-blood through my veins. Today I looked into the faces of children and the October sunrise and glimpsed Your love. My heart quickened in response.
Today I loved you, Lord, with all my soul, the facet of me that, because You breathed it into being, will never die if I remain in You. The part of me that reaches for heaven even as my feet tread the earth. The part of me that flees to You in the morning, that meets the Spirit as I drift to sleep at night. For in my soul the Spirit resides, and His whispers resonate like wind chimes on an autumn breeze, bringing life even to pewter skies and chilly days.
Today I loved You, Lord, with all my mind. Today I considered Your world, and wondered how creatures detect daylight and nighttime, seasons of hibernation and migration. Today I meditated on the prophets, on the words of those long ago. Today I thought on Your precepts, guidance, laws, and goodness.
Today I loved You, Lord, with all my strength. I poured out, and out, and out at Your command. I am tired, Lord. Yet I continued. I wanted to take shortcuts, yet I picked up my cross and followed, one faltering footstep at a time."
That's what I would say to God. My words could never suffice. Like my intentions, they fall far short of the mark.
But love--love is enough. His gripping, encompassing, compelling love for me. My sincere, though fallible love for Him and His precious Son, who purchased my soul with His sacrifice. My human love is the best I can offer, and only then because He loved me first.
Thank You, Father, that love is eternal.
Thank You, Abba, that love is enough.
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