Each week, we present the reflections of one of our partners written in the form of a devotional. This week’s devotional was written by Adele Foster.
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NASB)
On Valentine’s Day of last year, I rushed to the hospital to check on my mother before I went to work. I had been trying to call her on her cell phone but she was not answering. She had missed our morning prayer call and that was not like her. My mind was racing a mile a minute. All I could think about was making sure she was well. When I arrived at the hospital, my mother was resting peacefully, so I kissed her and decided to return after work. Later that day, I started getting calls from family and friends asking about my mother. They asked with concern in their voices. I just told everyone she was tired. She called everyone and told them that she was at peace and that she loved them. How amazing this was because this Valentine’s Day and she wanted to spread love before she left this earth. As my mother slowly left this earth, her last words to her family and friends were “I leave my legacy of love.” As I think back to that day, I can still recall her calmness and peace as she slowly took her last breath and went to her heavenly home. Her beautiful memory was left behind letting us to know that all was well and love should continue on.
As we reflect on this scripture, let us remember to love one another unconditionally.
Even though God loves and forgives us no matter what, what keeps us from showing that type of love to others? What steps can we take to show more love to those around us? God’s arms are open wide and He wraps His arms around us to show that He is there to protect, to guide, and to love us unconditionally. Rest in His arms and learn how to give the same kind of love that He gives.
Let’s start spreading love everywhere we go! Hug someone, show a small gesture of kindness, or just simply tell someone you love them. These genuine instants can go a long way. At this very moment, let’s show others that we care and love them, so that we too can leave a legacy of love.
Lord, thank You for allowing us to spread love everywhere we go. Thank You for giving us patience even in those times when we feel we have no patience at all. Help us to remember to demonstrate the same kind of love that You have given to us. Amen.