Oh how I love chocolate almond Hershey bars. Yum! I also love my husband Ned’s cooking and rainbows and the sweet smell of creosote that fills the southern Arizona air after a desert rain. I love watching Fr. Dowling mysteries with my Ned or watching our two-year-old granddaughter Kai dance around the room to the tune of “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” from the musical Annie. The picture featured is of my Ned standing in a grove of trees next to Patagonia Lake. I grew up here and love everything about the desert, except the bugs.
Last night we were watching Pastor John Hagee on television and he was talking about love. God’s kind. We say love for a lot of things, but often it’s just another word for ‘oh I like that’ or ‘it’s wonderful’ for the moment. When I look at the pic of Ned and the area, I sigh and say, “Oh how I love Ned and this state,” but is that truly love? In the Bible in 1 Corinthians 13, Paul talks about what love is. It is patient, kind, not jealous, boastful, proud or rude. Love keeps no records of wrongs, never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful. The gifts will fade away, but love lasts forever.” I also heard a very provoking thought, it is so easy to love those who love you, but what counts is how you treat those who don’t treat you well.
The people I like to do things for are usually those who show kindness to me. What about the rest? Our pastor Steve Collins of Flowing Wells Assembly of God, was sharing Sunday about how kindness, going the extra mile, is a way to show God’s love thru our acts of kindness. All of a sudden this man walks into the church, up the aisle holding a small dog in his arms, and begins to openly criticize Steve. Everyone stops and watches and what does Steve do? He apologizes to the man for hurting his feelings, thanked him, and goes on with his message. Stunned, the man just looks at him and walks quietly out. Love. 1 Corinthians 13:13, three things will last forever—faith, hope and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
Anything done in His name will last into eternity. All the good deeds in the world done without love will disappear. Last week there was something driving me nuts. I wanted a resolution. There is nothing wrong with wanting to take care of something but suddenly this voice inside me said, “do nothing. Wait on Me.” It was so hard, but I did and it took care of itself. Loving, not demanding. I still love, oh well, like a bunches bunches my hersey bars but you can have mind if we meet and I have one…maybe we could share it? Have a blessed month and tune into Woman to Woman every Sat. at 1:00 p.m. Saturdays. Loving you, Kathy