My wife came up with this great idea of framing decorative matte paper with the words “I love you because” printed at the top. She then uses a dry-erase marker to fill in the blank an any given day, stashing it in a place to be discovered later.
I can’t help but to be thrust into a good mood after this little gesture of love.
The truth is, it’s easier to reciprocate love than initiate it.
As I write this, one suspect of the Boston bombings is dead…the other, I imagine, will be captured soon. While the focus this week was on the victims of the Boston Marathon terror, news agencies will now repeat the names of suspects over and over.
How should we respond? Shall we reciprocate the hate or initiate a different, audacious way?
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters,o what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
*The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Mt 5:43–48). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.