When I was in college, I collected “Love Is…” comics by Kim Grove Casali. I found them in the Dallas Morning News. I cut them out and filed them in an old wooden box that had belonged to my grandmother. The comics were cute and they helped me to dream about a marriage I would enjoy one day. They were also insightful…love is a lot of things and it is not simple. But it is what makes life full. Some of the comics include love is…watching shooting starts together. Love is…protecting her when lightening flashes. Love is…picking up the dry cleaning. Love is…sometimes tough.
Every now and then I will pull one of these comics out of the box (that I collected almost 20 years ago) and place them by my husbands sink as a surprise. I enjoy finding one that reflects our relationship on that day. They remind me of how rich life is because I have love.
This week, love has meant a lot in a lot of different ways. When tucking my daughter into bed she reminded me that love is…reading her a bedtime story even if it is ten o’clock at night and I am so tired. My other daughter reminded me that love is…simply holding her because she is scared even if she is almost as tall as me. My husband reminded me that love is…moving forward together. My friend reminded me that love is…just spending the day together and enjoying friendship.
In my bathroom, I have a sign that reads, “Love is why we’re here.” It is a good reminder…all the other stuff that gets in the way of pure love is just stuff. This week, let’s focus on why we are here…simply to love.
So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor 13:13