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This evening our Son and Daughter-in-law are hosting a Reveal Party for the rest of us in the family. During the party, we all will get to know the news that they were given yesterday, that is, whether our soon coming grand-baby is going to be a boy or a girl. Leading up to this event, we all had our say as to what baby we thought it was going to be. There are some who are convinced it is a girl and others are equally convinced it is a boy. Rodney and I participated in guessing the gender for the fun of it, but we let the soon-to-be parents know that the gender of the baby does not matter to us. This baby is going to bring us such great joy and we are going to return that with unconditional love, or so we think. In our humane-ness, can we ever fully love unconditionally?
This morning, I read on CNN online of a young girl who was poisoned and burned alive. Shockingly, her Mother was part of the group who murdered this girl. It was called a Honor Killing and was supposedly done out of love. How tainted we are as humans!!!!
On Sunday, we celebrate Mother’s Day. Facebook will be filled with notes of love and appreciation for moms all over the world. Mothers are the ones that seem to come close to that unconditional love, that Agape Love that we hear about in scripture. Washington Irving, a preacher and poet wrote: “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts”.
So, we have this contrast of the Mother who would murder her own daughter in a honor killing calling such an act Love and the mother who we would describe, like Mr. Irving, as one who loves so profoundly. What I am saying is that our love, no matter where it lies on the spectrum, is always tainted. Only God can love us with an Agape, God type love. No matter our race, color, size, age, gender, personality, spiritual standing etc, God loves Me and You unconditionally. Amazing. God Loves ME. GOD loves me!! God LOVES me!!!Romans 8:38 reads:
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can separate Me from the love of God – neither family, nor friends, nor race, nor color, nor age, nor gender, nor spiritual standing, nor height, nor depth, absolutely nothing can separate me from the love of Christ. Beautiful, Unconditional Love.