Monday, February 15, 2010

Complete my Joy

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:1-4

On Valentine's Day yesterday, we heard from each of our children. Emily is living with us and had a gift for us with a sweet card. Phoebe is in college and called to wish us all the best and catch up for a few minutes. Ariel had called on Saturday to wish us Happy Valentine's Day and to find out all the latest. Hearing their voices, sharing love, even across the miles is in itself a completion of a timeless wish. Parents wish and pray for their children to be happy. When the days are gone when we can hold them close and protect them from the waves and the winds, it is great joy to know that they are caring for each other and their friends and family with such tender care. No parent can ask for any more than their children be happy and loving adults who get great joy from caring for others.

Today, on this President's Day, as I enjoy a fairly unoccupied Monday due to the holiday, I am reminded how simple our needs really are, and how often we complicate love with unreal or competitive expectations. There is no greater wealth than that of a loving family and community. There is no greater accomplishment than to love and be loved in return. Romance is temporary and love is forever. And, despite the commercials and media, they are two very different things. Love makes us selfless and caring, love remakes us into compassionate human beings who are able to rejoice for others. May this day be a day where we find ways to rejoice and care for others. For in it we will find the love of God, eternal and true.

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