by Darla Noble
But now faith, hope, and love remain—these three. The greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
I am blessed in the fact that I never had to look for love. Besides the fact that I was raised to know the love of Jesus, my grandparents raised me with that same kind of unconditional love. There is nothing I could have done that would have caused them to stop loving me—and that includes Alzheimer’s.
While Granny’s memory and ability to function on her own slipped away, her faith and her unconditional love for me did not. Each and every day during the last two or three years of her life she would repeatedly say, “I just pray every day God will take me soon.”
That is what she would say, until mid to late October until the first signs of spring in March. During those months she would say, “I pray God will take me, but I pray he’ll wait ‘til spring so you don’t catch cold standing outside at the cemetery.”
If that isn’t love, then I don’t know what is. But even that isn’t love to the extent of God’s love for us. The love God has for us is deeper, more intense than any other love we can know or even imagine. It is amazing.
Pray: God, open my heart, soul, and mind to know Your love and help me share it with others. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.