Sunday

I’ve been so much enjoying reading all the love stories this month. Not everyone’s path has been smooth, or easy, or picture-perfect. And yet in came love, redeeming past mistakes and past unhappiness, and pulling us forward into a place of hope.

I think hope is part of what makes us love a good love story. We all want someone to be passionate about, and someone who is crazy about us. Hearing that it has happened for others gives us permission to hope for ourselves.

Even in the best of love stories, however, reality intrudes. Two imperfect humans can’t get along perfectly all the time. Sometimes ‘the’ person in your life seems to be taking a ridiculously long time to arrive, leaving you with a whole lot of longing in your heart. Other times the person you love doesn’t stick around. As I have read the various stories, I’ve been thinking of those of you for whom these love stories might be painful. We all walk around with wounds of one kind or another in our hearts, after all.

I try hard not to preach on this blog. But I can’t write about a month of love without writing about the best love story there is. The story of God’s love for us.

God’s love for me. The person who snaps at her kids and growls at her husband, and has too much love for chocolate and too little interest in exercise, and who has made choices in her life that just. plain. stink.

For you. Wherever you are and whoever you are and whatever you have done.

He knows our story. He loves us just as we are. And he longs for us to know and love Him too.

Yes, God the Maker of the universe wants each of us to know him.

He gave us human love, I think, as just a tiny glimpse of the glory that is going to be revealed to us in Heaven. The perfect love that won’t be marred by fights and imperfection and striving and busyness and selfishness.

The love we all long for.

The love we stumble around here on this earth striving for all of our days.

The love we taste in brief moments in a lover’s kiss, or a baby’s smile, or a mother’s praise or a friend’s embrace.

The love we won’t experience in full until we get to heaven.

Do you know that love?

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us


Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

{ 16 Comments }

  1. Beautifully said Mary. Thank you!

  2. I loved this. I am so grateful that I have God’s love!

  3. Honestly, Mary, thank YOU for allowing us to share our love stories. Having the chance to put into words some of the difficult things I’ve experienced has been a way God has really used to heal those wounds over the past couple of weeks.

    It’s so beautiful how God redeems our selfish, worldly human love to something that shows us just a little of His love for us.

  4. So nicely put. I am enjoying writing my love story and he is enjoying coming home from work, where he has read what I wrote and then remembering together how special and lucky we are.

  5. Amen and amen, Mary. Beautifully said and may God’s love hold each of us close in the palm of His hand.

  6. Awesome. I do know that love. And thank you for sharing it here today. God Bless.

  7. I needed to hear this today, thank you.

  8. Thank you for sharing this with all who read your blog. I’m so thankful for His love.

  9. Amen! His love story enables me to love far better than I could otherwise. Or at all, sometimes. ;o)

  10. How very blessed we are – thanks for that awesome reminder!

    I love you!

  11. Chris in Ohio says:

    Thank you, Mary, for so lovingly sharing the best love story of all!

  12. Well done!

  13. Without that love story, all of ours are useless.
    Heather BT

  14. THanks Mary for your kind hearted and loving perspective on life and family. And for reminding us who initiated such love in the first place. Have a great day.

  15. Mary, you should preach more often! Good stuff–written with honesty and an encouraging voice.

    ~Jeanne

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