To Love and Be Loved

As my “1000 gifts list” continues to grow, I am thankful for the gift of LOVE…..the kind of love that never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
1 Corinthians 13:7

The red roses and chocolate covered strawberries reserved for days like these, makes that 1000 gifts list too.  (smiling)  

We were all there for one reason…To celebrate our love (ok, and maybe a good Italian meal too).  Valentines Day 2012 marked 22 years since our first one together.   We shared reflections and endearments before shifting our thoughts to so many of those around us.   Couples from every conceivable walk of life filled the tables.  From one end of the restaurant to the other,  I couldn’t help but wonder, “what was their story?”    Did love flow easily or require great effort?  Was it intentional and celebrated or did it require sacrifice?   I know our story includes all of the above.  I know God’s story includes all of the above.   What about your story?  
Whether Phileo love (brotherly love) or Eros love ( intimate or romantic), it is   Agape love (Christ’s love) at work within us  that makes our stories possible…. makes our stories beautiful.  In loving and being loved, may we have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep HIS love really is.    Ephesians 3:18  

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