Where have I been? –my last blog was three months ago. I missed being in touch with you at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.
Celebrating? 70 years in October must have caused such consternation, contemplation, rumination, introspection, retrospection–all those -ation and -tion words, that I have suffered a “life slump”. (You know like a pitcher’s or batter’s slump in baseball.) I have been frozen in time:-(
But this is Valentine’s week–must write something on love, right?
I noticed these words on a calendar this morning: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” I pondered that word on two levels– in my physical world as well as in the Christian life.
That quote comes from a Chinese philosopher and contemporary of Confucius from the 6th century. Loazi, founder of the “School of the Tao’, in no way, equated this principle of love with the unfailing love of God. But I can.
My dear mentor in the pastor’s wife role was wearing her declaration one February in 1983 –I love George-. I squealed. She had found these pins in a small shop in Yulee, Florida, over 33 years ago. I was so impressed that this older, mature, gentle, yet fun, pastor’s wife of a large church would wear such a thing. Wearing her love. A few weeks later she gave me this heart, and I have worn it every Valentine’s week since.
“I have lost my heart,” I cried earlier this week when I could not find it immediately. “It’s the only week of the year that I can wear it. I must find it.” Tom smiled, “You have a heart:-) and you can wear it whenever you want to.” (Now wasn’t that romantic!)
Can one survive daily living without either? when storms toss me, when winds blow strong around me, when words hurt. And from where do these positive traits come?
“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.” Psalm 16: 5-6
“O Lord, be gracious to us, we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.” Isaiah 33:2
“I love you, O Lord, my strength.” Psalm 18: 1
“The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. The Lord is the strength of his people. . .” Psalm 29: 7,8
Courage comes from having a perfect source of strength. We as believers are enabled to live life out of the richness of being loved unconditionally by God and, in turn, we are given courage to stand firm in life. A synonym for strength is power, and a similar meaning for courage is boldness. We have the power to live in His strength and the boldness to share His love to those around us.
I have no trouble at all “wearing” my affection for Tom. I am not ashamed, nor embarrassed. I may not wear my “heart” all year, but I will this week. And I pray I wear it well. Hopefully, my love and commitment to him– for him– is on display at all times.
More importantly is that I “wear” my heart for the Lord 24/7, all year, every year. Unashamed. How I wear that love is seen at all times.
Wear your love— your commitment to the One who loved you enough to give you life. Wear it. Not just this week but every day.
Wear it well.