Love & Chemo
We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19 (HCSB)
Valentine’s Day 2013 is my one year anniversary of finishing chemo. Love manifests His Self in so many ways. Jesus chose to give me an extra measure of kindness by giving me this occasion on this day – the one known by love.
He never does anything less.
The day brings a lot of reflection on the time spent fighting cancer. The medicine was brutal, but necessary for healing.
Mostly, I recall the way Jesus loved me through those that love Him. I remember the husband who loved in sickness and held it all together with a strength that can only be grounded in love. I think of the children whose hearts were broken and yet were so kind and gentle because of love. The father that traveled, over and over, comes to mind. His presence meant love. There were friends who prayed and brought meals as a practical extension of God’s love through hands and feet. Prayers from the church were lifted, all for the love of a family in need of what only a Savior could give. Many did not even know us.
I believe that the acts of Jesus Love; the ones that pass from one to another, must be a part of eternal life. They transcend time and distance.
It baffles me that Jesus, the Son of God
Loves us TO Him,
Loves with residence IN us,
And then pours his love THROUGH us – one to another.
Every day is rooted in Love for those who know him.
I was given a special release, Valentine’s Day 2012, from a brutal medicine that made me well. I cannot help but be astounded and humbled by the necessary death on the cross. This was where I was given the ultimate healing.
It is through His sacrifice that I am fully washed and covered in the red that is the color of love.
Praying you Live Like You Know,