May God’s love and grace shine on you this morning!
On this visit, our granddaughter, Callie, brought with her a book that I had often read to my boys. The book is entitled, “I’ll Love You Forever “. The little song in the book that the mom sings to her son throughout the stages of his life goes like this:
” I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.”
The mom also says that sometimes her son “drives her crazy”; she says she feels like “she lives in a zoo”; and she says she sometimes thinks her son belongs in a zoo! Not everything is perfect – but there is always love. At the end of the book, the son sings that song to his aging and sick mother and then goes home and sings it to his new baby girl. What a beautiful cycle of love from parent to child to grandchild. What gratitude I feel for the love that my grandchildren so generously share with me!
It made me think about how much God loves each of us because we are God’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren – no matter our age. Do you think about yourself as being a part of God’s story that is shared with us in the Bible? Do we think about the heritage we have of the love and guidance that God showered on our family members — Abraham and Moses, Paul, Peter, and John, the woman at the well, the widow whose son had died, Mary and Martha? Do we realize, like Paul Harvey would say, that we “are the rest of the story”? What are we doing to continue that pattern of love to the next generation, to our neighbors?
Parents, grandparents and great grandparents die but God lives forever. God does indeed love you forever! Sing that song with joy and gratitude and make it part of the story of your life by loving God in return!