Saturday, May 12, 2012

Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13--Happy Mother's Day

No Greater Love

John 15:12-14This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.

The twins and I were visiting my parents.  It was a beautiful spring day and my mother, the children and myself had just returned to their home after a wonderful morning excursion.  As is our custom, we were out in the yard, adoring the new flowers in bloom and taking in the fresh air.  One of my mother's flowers was so beautiful,  I dashed for the car to get my camera so that I might capture its elegance.  As I rushed to the car, I yelled back to my two year old children to stay with their Mema until I returned.  My daughter obeyed my command; however, my son did not.  Before I knew it, he was running behind me and within seconds he had run past me towards the busy highway.   

Immediately, I dropped everything to run behind him and it seemed as though time sped up as I raced to grab my son before he reached the street.  Time won.  He was in the middle of the road and as I reached to grab him, I fell and we were both lying in the road in the hands of fate...  I needed to move quickly; however, gravity seemed to hold us to the pavement.  The events of my life surged through my consciousness.  In an instant my son and I were released from the earth's grasp and I leaped out of the road.  Within minutes several cars flashed by...

I almost died in an attempt to save my son.  As I realized this, the magnitude of Jesus' sacrifice hit me like a ton of bricks.  WOW!!!  Jesus laid down his life not just for one of us but for all of creation.  Given my love for my son, I did not hesitate to reach to save his life.  God's love for us is greater than this.

PrayerGod your love for us surpasses a mother's love for her children.  Your love for us is pure.  Thank you so much.  Now teach us how to love one another in a way that attributes to your feelings for us.  Amen.


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