Friday, August 31, 2012
The Changing Faces of Love
My, my... Aren't I becoming quite the spotty blogger?!
My excuse? It is summer, after all.
Naomi arrived here safely (though having been bitten by possibly a brown recluse last week...ack!) and what a delight to have her in our home again. There's such a comfortable joy in doing little things around the house when there's a 'child' there, no matter if that child be all grown-up. Anytime we do things so that others will find joy, the joy bounces back to us and I've been reminded of all those years Naomi lived with us and I wanted to make things cozy, whimsical and memorable for her growing-up years.
In fact, I'm thinking that's a major reason many moms 'lose it' when their children leave home--it's the loss of those delightful nesting opportunities, the stepping outside of our me-me-me-ness and doing for others ... and the happiness thereof.
But of course, the giving need not stop at all, but rather, it does require acceptance of change. A finding of new ways to delight others, such as a spouse or friends or neighbors or online friends, also. (I'm reminded of all the happy grandparents I know, too... they in their selfless giving to their grandchildren.)
And I thought today that perhaps that's a reason why I enjoy sharing stories and photos from my house, my life--maybe those are the different ways I've found to fill the gap of Naomi's leaving. The giving of myself to you keeps me from the dreadful what-about-meeee's? so prevalent in Today's world.
When it's all about us, there will be a nagging discomfort, a questioning uneasiness because God never intended that we live to please just ourselves or even our "just us four and no more" families. No, God and His world are way too big for that. Love, the Greatest Thing, longs to flood, spill and even burst from our tiny hearts, our small homes.
Love loves to share and finds its sweetest rhythms there in the giving. And only when we flow along with Love, splash others within it, will we find a daily kind of happiness no matter what's going on... and no matter with whom we are sharing.
"But the greatest of these is love..."
"Love never fails..."
"Consider others more highly than yourselves..."
"Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for his friends..."