Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Awaiting Love Revealed

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:7-12

Today we are sitting in the labor suite. It was a long night and an early morning. Our daughter Ariel started going into labor early yesterday, and so we packed up our things and came to Allentown. She had been to the hospital and sent home and when we arrived here she was having contractions and hadn't slept for a day. Her husband Adam hasn't slept much either. She has been so brave and so strong. I remember so well having her and now, I am blessed to be part of the time when they have their daughter.

There is nothing much more to say today. We watch, and we pray. We breathe with her and listen to monitors, grateful for the nurses and others who have been helpful and kind. We await this new love in our lives and would give our all to her.

God is love, and God is found in the waiting and the worry, in the love of a family gathered. God finds us in our waiting and in our longing and our sleepless nights. May God, who is love, find us today, in the all sorts of places and circumstances.

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