Hyperbole has taken over our speech, we love an outfit, we adore a purse, and we freely state that all kinds of mundane things are awesome. I'm guilty on all counts and I am not repenting, neither am I condemning. Sometimes the things we are all over the moon gushing about just aren't really worthy of the syllables of praise. And, sometimes they are worthy and we miss the opportunity to be loud and proud.
Where love is involved, we need to seize every opportunity to be loud and proud. We need to tell stories of love. The world needs you to take every chance you trip over to express love, to say why you love, and to share love. Frequently, Greg asks me, "Have I told you today that I love you?."
You may know us well enough by now to surmise it is a question he asks daily. It is one of his adorable quirky things that I totally love some days, and think is awesome. Other days, when I am impatient and cranky I think he is nuts and worry about early onset dementia. Or I just feel frustrated and my inside voice leaves the dark quietness, exploding into the outside, "Don't you know if you told me or not?"
Love is patient, love is kind... and love is not irritable or resentful (1 Corinthians 13) unless it is mine on a bad day. On those days when I am walking the razor edge of cranky, I have to remind myself the question Greg poses is rhetorical. It is a statement, and it is a backhanded endearment all tangled up together. It is love in all its imperfect finery and it represents every one of us. We are imperfect yet beautiful. We are impatient yet yearning. We are humans, reluctant participants, pushed into the world's greatest love story, surprised by our surroundings and our lives.
|Where did the angels go?|
|Oh God, do I have to be in this story - the greatest love story ever?|
Think daily on your role, move through your day with love, speak your lines of love loudly and proudly to those around you, and always try to keep your heart open to the amazement and surprise at being included in this marvellous story. We all have only one thing to do, loving one another deeply, let's do it well. Listen for the Angels We Have Heard on High.