I knew something was different within the first few seconds I was home.
Downcast eyes, one word responses, walking away.
And suddenly I was met with a choice.
I could ignore those signs that something was wrong
or I could make the time to talk. Alone.
Thankfully I made the time.
Yes, sat on her bed, asked a question and listened.
True. I had a lot to do.
The house needed cleaning
the dishes were dirty
and on and on and on.
But something was wrong.
I knew it and her heart needed tending now.
Again and again I’ve seen that love takes time.
Yes, it takes time to show care and to listen
and sometimes to stay with the other
in their space.
In our fast paced zillion-things-to-do world
it’s all too easy
to brush aside those relational red flags
and think that tomorrow will do.
sadly, tomorrow never comes.
Love is fragile and must be handled with care.
Love is tender and hearts are easily broken.
Love is sacred and involves many, many I’m sorry moments.
But in the end
its’ worth it.
Love takes time.
Time for hearts to stay in touch.
Sure, it’s easy to send flowers, or candy or some other gift,
But to truly care
takes time and a giving of yourself.
And that’s what can be so hard.
Busy, overworked single parents,
Couples running back and forth
Many times only passing each other before the next activity.
But love cannot be rushed
and love cannot be forced.
Love will demand the very best from you
And even then it won’t be enough.
Human love is so limited.
Gives up, gets petulant. Sometimes keeps score.
But love that is from God has staying power
and the strength to keep giving and talking and
that love is eternal.
Love keeps in touch with those we love.
Reach out today,
and ask God to help you love
with His Love.