Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Love Wins

I've had a lot of experience this last year with the old adage, "If you love someone, let him/her go." From the passing of my father after a two and a half year battle with cancer, to my son's stepping out into adulthood and spending several weeks at a transition facility in Florida, to my daughter's move to Nevada for a fresh start.

I've heard people say that love is not worth the cost... I bet Mother Teresa never felt that way. Loving and then letting go was as natural for her as the act of breathing... take in... let go... take in... let go. I also bet she never went through a day without turning it over to the Lord. She reminds me of a sturdy oak that stood firm in the midst of tumultuous storms. Many found solace, comfort, and safety under her arms. God entered a frail, Albanian woman to love the poor, the weak, and the downtrodden. I pray God unleash that kind of power within me to be His Hands and Feet to the world... to risk loving that much.

Denver Moore uses the phrase, "catch and release," referring to those of us who engage in missions to make ourselves feel good, to "catch" others by feeding them a meal once or even twice and then "releasing" them back into the system... whatever system that may be. Many dangle the possibility of a friendship/relationship with others with no intention of making it last. Is it any wonder that trust takes time to build? What is really needed takes much time and effort on our parts... the kind of sacrifice many of us aren't willing to make... the kind that is impossible in our own humanness.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 5:3). God, I cannot be who you want me to be without your help. Thank-you for helping me to see others through your lens. Please unleash the power of your Holy Spirit within me, so others can see your fruits in me... love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

The cost of love is enormous, but the rewards we reap as a result is far greater. This year, I've had to let those I love dearly... go. For me, there's a loss, but there is also a joy knowing they are all in a better place and I'm left with the most incredible memories that will last a lifetime (and many more to make in the future). Was the cost worth it... well, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!!

Love wins!!


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