Do we know true freedom?

With all that is happening here and abroad, I’ve struggled for days, wondering what to say. My words can never come up to what was written over 2000 years ago to folks in Galatia.

It still rings true.

I cannot change the world — only what I choose. I believe our choices can be the pebble in the pond, with ever widening ripples of healing love and restoration.

Gulf of Mexico dolphin crossing

lighthouse in Bahamas

Bahamas shoreline on Atlantic Ocean

What is your response?

I want to be more like her

Unnoticed by the men at the table, she hugged the jug close to her body, precious oil that cost her everything, and wove her way through the servants. Eyes cast down and chin trembling, she stood before him. All conversation ceased.pots in Quito, Ecuador

Gripped by the immensity of his love and the release of her burden, she sobbed, her tears bathing his feet. She dropped to her knees and emptied her jar as well, the fine scent flowing over his feet and rising around them. The men gasped as she unbound her hair, let it tumble to the floor, and wiped his feet.

He praised her for her love.

The one who is forgiven much loves much.

I want to be more like her.

What keeps us from falling at his feet, weeping the release of everything we hold so close?

Are we trying so hard to live right, do good and follow the line that
we are afraid to admit our errors?

Do we fear we’ll fall apart if we allow such a display of emotion?

Or worse, cower before the stern faces around us, judging,
instead of receiving all we need from the One who knows us through and through,

loves us enough to die for us,

and forgive us completely?


I want to live that kind of lavish love.

The love of the completely forgiven.

The completely loved.
heart shaped leaf heart shaped shell, Sanibel Island, FL, JHT

So, where are you?

At table, aghast, lips pursed in disgust?

Or ready to fall to your knees,

oh so aware of what drives you there?


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Real love means so much more . . .

Real love isn’t measured in flowers or chocolates, fancy dinners or sweet cards. For all those who dreaded Valentines Day and are happy to see it pass, that is a relief. Others are diminished when it ends, perhaps only having love expressed to them on designated days such as this. No matter where you stand on the spectrum, the problem is, we are incomplete, imperfect, even at our best.
We cannot give whole love.

The ancient book says it this way:

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies. . .

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

1 Corinthians 13 The Message (MSG)