Yesterday, Love invited me to have lunch with my daughter –
it was a delight
to gaze into her eyes like oceans,
sparkling with joy and life –
I swear there was glitter spilling out of her soul,
pure sunshine in her presence …
Then, Love kept me up all night with my son,
who was sick –
prodding me to stay awake,
nudging me when it was time to rub his back
and check his temperature one more time.
This morning, Love talked me into
a warm cup of silence
and a moment to gaze out the window
at the beauty of fresh snow.
With every sip,
something inside of me melts,
and I feel myself preparing to go
wherever Love takes me next.
Ultimately, a life of faith is a life of surrender to God’s love, which can be expressed in different ways at different times, depending on what we’re called to do.
How do we know what love is? One popular definition is “willing the good of the other for the sake of the other.” In 1 Corinthians, we learn “4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.”How can we follow the advice in Colossians: 3:14 “Most of all, let love guide your life.”
Today, I encourage you to contemplate the love of God and pray to be guided by Him. What is that Divine Creative force of goodness asking of you today? Is the Lord blessing you in a special way or challenging you to be a blessing to others?
Heavenly Father, help us to follow the advice in Colossians 3:14 to “most of all, let love guide your life.” Give us the grace to live lives of love and trust that when we act out of Divine Inspiration, all of our needs will be met by You. Give us the grace to surrender our lives into Your Perfect Love. In Jesus name, we pray.
Written by Nicky Gant for Unite in Prayer www.uniteinprayer.org 2/21/2019