I’m finally on my way
The time has come to say
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
The bell is about to ring
The big girl she’s about to sing
Today, today, today
And I’m running with the tide
It’s time to cut this side
And I must not miss my ride
And I feel the same inside
As when I caught this ride
When first I sold my pride
My heart is free from fear
I’ll plant my flag right here
Today, today, today
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
~ Hebrews 1: 3
There is a list of folks who no matter how hard I try, I cannot like let alone love. They vex me. Some for a moment, some for decades. I made a list of them years ago, and one by one asked God to love them through me, as I could not. And one by one, they have faded from the list with only a couple left to go. When I read Abraham Akaka’s quote, I reframed the way that I saw these folks. No matter what their intent, they are God’s children, no matter how their words sting, God loves them, no matter what pain they cause, the pain they might be experiencing is what makes them cry out.
So I will keep praying, and keep giving them back, and believe in the aloha. How do you handle those folks who vex you? Today, lift them up to the one who has already died for their sins, and ours.
Lord, thank you for being the aloha, the breath of life. Today, breathe afresh on those who vex me, and those that I vex. Help us to be kinder to one another.
Because of Him,
How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.
“Love is a verb.” ~ Clare Boothe Luce
So realize that the Lord your God is the true God, the faithful God who keeps covenant faithfully with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
~ Deuteronomy 7:9
I do not know what caused his death. I only know that he passed suddenly last Friday. The news went out in several ways. Our friend’s husband had passed away.
We planned our day around getting to her for the few moments we could share our condolences, hugs, smiles, tears. I worked with her for years, my husband’s history was longer – they knew each other since elementary school. He fashioned a home made card for her and we went. It was a miserable, rainy, cold, foggy day. We got there early enough to have lunch at a local eatery.
As we approached the funeral home, the parking places were filling up fast. The line was already forming inside. After about a half hour, we got to our friend. She was already exhausted, but so glad to see us. She took real time with each and every person who came. That is who she is. Love is a verb. And the results of that verb lined the room, the hall way and wrapped around the lobby of that funeral home out into the parking lot. The lot was full and people were parking on the street, around the corner, down the road.
This couple made love an every day occurrence, shared it with their sons, their family, their friends, their co-workers, strangers. I don’t know how she made it through the day, or how she will make it through this hard time, but I do know she is bolstered by the God she loves and those around her whom she loves and who love her.
Today, tell those you know and care about that you love them. It makes a difference,
it is love… in action.
This song makes me think of how we might sing to God about what God has done for us, and how we might sing it to a loved one.
Because of Him,