Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The gift of Love


This Sunset reminds me of God's love for us
While We Were Still Sinners, Christ Died for us.
Mark 14:32-52

Today I was reminded of what love really is. It is giving of ourselves for someone else. God showed us this example when He gave His only Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

A good friend of mine has been trying for the past month to take me out for my birthday. I had no idea what she was planning. We had a day scheduled last month but I cancelled due to my husband taking the day off.

It finally happened today. I got up this morning and was suppose to meet her at her house at 9:00 a.m. I had "NO" idea where we were going. I didn't know how to dress, how to do my hair. I was pretty sure at 9:00 a.m. it wouldn't be to fancy. I dressed in a cream colored skort with a silky black shirt. I put my hair up in a clip. I thought I look casual, good for any setting.

I got to my friends house and she was already in her car. We drove into town, to the salon my daughter works at. I was pampered with a pedicure and a manicure. I have never had either; it was really a lovely morning. After that, we went to breakfast. I felt much love today!

My friend was on vacation from her job and had tons to do, but she gave me a whole morning so I would feel special. For me it wasn't the fact that she spent her money on me. It was the time that she sacrificed for me; it was the giving of herself. That is love!!!

I am not a material person; I could careless if I have a fancy car to drive. I am blessed if I get up and it starts and makes me through my day. I'm not into jewelry, if I get it I wear it, but it is not something I have to have. I love the simple gifts, the simple acts of love. How often do we sacrifice for other people?

I love the gifts my children make me at school. They come home hiding it from me so I don't see it until they want me to. Half the time I haven't a clue what it is, but they took their time out of their day to think of me. They sacrificed their time at school to draw me a picture or write me a poem. I love those gifts!!!

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
—1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
—1 John 4:7-12

6 comments:

Revee said...

What a kind friend you have. And you are right, it is the giving of her time that makes her so valuable. I'm so glad you have a good friend who cares so much about you! :)

lori said...

revee,

I could not have found a better friend than this woman. She has showed her love for me in so many ways.

greenspot said...

i seriously like this posting you're talking how beautiful love is. thank you.

e-Mom said...

What a lovely story. I'm sure you've shown your friend this level of love in some way too. You are both so blessed!

lori said...

greenspot,

I try with all of my might to love people the way I want to be loved. Love is an action, something we do for others. Our example is Christ dieing on the cross for our sins. When I see people following Christ example it touches my life in a deep way. I will never forget the love and kindness my friend showed me.

lori said...

e-mom,
Thank you for the very nice comment! I did help my friend through a very hard time in her life. I don't think I did much. I just made myself available to her if she needed me. Isn't that what we are called to do? There was a time in my life I wouldn't let anyone get close to me. I went to church and had acquaintances but no close friends. I never wanted to be hurt. That was not a good example of how a Godly women should behave.

My husband and I lost our first baby to SIDS, Josh was three months old (Crib Death) He would have been 20 on October 28th. I would never let myself get close to a person after that. God changed my heart about a year ago. He has been slowly working in my life to change me to be more like Him.

If I hadn't let this woman into my life I would never have seen Christ love shining through in her life.

I don't want to go back to the way I lived the pervious 19 years.

Thank you again for your blog. I love reading it, I get a good laugh at some of your post.

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