Wednesday, August 08, 2007
John 13:35 "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
I am always moved by the instantaneous love of Christians. And humbled by how far I need to go in my own love for others. I'm slow to bond, you might say. I take approximately 12 years to warm up. I don't have tons of friends. I am rarely lonely and you may have heard that I am not so great at talking on the phone or keeping in touch.
Yet I have been on the receiving end of love that I would call nothing short of God-inspired. People whose friendship I've not "earned" express their devotion to me time and time again; reminding me to love better myself.
When I started my job three years ago, I was again reminded of God in the way my new co-workers embraced me. They cheered me on encouraging me as I panicked about taking the state nursing boards. They taught me patiently and celebrated my new license when I finally passed my boards. God loving me in mortal flesh.
Today again I witnessed the uncommon love of Christ leaving me in tears. Two friends of mine, both dear to me crossed my path. One by e mail and one by phone. Each expressed her great love for and desire to spend time with the other one. To encourage each other and to just love one another. Myself in the middle basking in such love.
Lord, teach me to love that way.