“To the loved, a word of affection is a morsel; but to the love-starved, a word of affection can be a feast.”
When I was younger I use to think that love only existed in fairy tales. I would read The Chronicles of Narnia and think how beautiful and majestic this land would look like. Even the taste of food like swedish delight would be intoxicating. I also use to think this idea of love was nothing more than a pretty idea, just words on a page. It was a fairy tale to me at that time because I would dream of what love would look like yet I never saw what it looked liked until I was older. The love that I am talking about is not just the love between a man and a woman. It is the action of love that goes far beyond the feelings of love.
It is the experience of love that motivates us to live.
It does not take much to show extraordinary love yet it seems to be something we expect others to do instead of something we participate in. We live in a world that glorifies selfish behavior because as television commercials tell us, “you deserve it”. So when I see other people giving their time for others and expecting nothing in return I have hope. Hope that love is not just an idea but it is something people do.
This week I was inspired to write about love because I LOVE love. I simply love hearing about love and seeing it in action. Love is the reason I am alive today and I cannot get enough of it. When I see God’s love working through other people I cannot be quiet about it.
I want to tell you about a brave woman who constantly shows extraordinary love. Her name is Ruth.
She was named from the biblical “Ruth” story and this incredible woman lives everyday to glorify God’s love. I had the honor of meeting her recently at her home. As I walked to her front door I noticed how it did not have any outside decorations. The home was white and plain. It was an older neighborhood and anyone who lives in Colorado knows that the harsh winds do not normally allow for white houses to remain untouched. That was one of the most strikingly beautiful things I remember as I walked up to the front door. Her husband answered the door and kindly ushered me into the living room where Ruth sat. At the moment I arrived she had a letter in her hand. You see Ruth writes letters to people from the white page listing in the phone book. She includes scripture and a handwritten message of God’s truth. This letter in her hand was returned and she held onto it like a Mom who had sent her lost child a letter only for it to be returned.
It all started in 1996 when she prayed to God to ask Him what she could do for the Kingdom. His response was to tell people about Him. How simple yet what she does is so EXTRA-ordinary. I am sure not many of us would have the guts to send out hundreds of letters to random people in the phone book and include our return address on it.
While I was visiting her she reminded me how much love God has for us and that it never ends. All the strength in me could not hold back tears as I spoke to her about her mission in life and the depths of God’s love.
How do I know that these letters are important? I was the lucky recipient of one of her mailings and her handwritten note gently reminded me that God is our true hope and that His love never ends.
Ruth is an example that extraordinary love knows no boundaries. It does not take much to show love. Loves comes from God and He wants us to love others with the same love. God does not love us for what we can do for him. He loves us for who we were, who we are, and for who we will become.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:34-35