"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God." (Phil 1:9-11 NIV)
I got to hold a baby again recently. I had taken
my son to the doctor’s office for a checkup and noticed a tired
grandmother trying to fill out the office’s paperwork and comfort her
sick grandchild at the same time. I offered to help and gently rocked
the infant back to sleep. With all of my children teenagers now it had
been a while since I had held someone quite so small in my arms. As I
looked at his sweet, innocent face I couldn’t help but to think of what
life held in store for him. I knew that it would be a mixture of both
joy and fear, laughter and tears, growth and struggle, learning and
difficulty, and love and pain. I said a silent prayer that he would
learn quickly to choose the good things and not to dwell on the bad. I
also prayed that he would always feel loved in this life. I knew that if
he felt loved then he would also choose love and share love with so many
others as well.
I then said this prayer for the rest of us too. We may be fathers, mothers, and grandparents now, but inside of each of us there is still a child needing love and wanting to be loved. Thankfully, we have a parent who loves us with a love that is both unending and unconditional. We are all Children of God and we are always held in His loving arms as we go through this life. Even if we haven’t always felt loved by the people in our lives we can be assured that His love will always be there for us.
May we all feel loved in this life. May we all feel God’s love for us from our first breath until our last sigh. May we feel loved through all the joy we experience and through all the pain we must face as well. May we use that love to choose the good things in life and not dwell on the bad. May we use that love to become more loving ourselves every single day of our lives. May we use that love and share our love to help others feel loved as well.
By: Joseph J. Mazzella