Do we take the time to let our loved ones know how we truly feel about them? Do they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we love them with all of our hearts and that our life wouldn't have as much significance if they weren't a part of it? A simpler question is, Is our love made known? We must take the time to contemplate these questions because all that we have in life are the relationships with those who mean so much to us. We wouldn't be who we are without them and it is for this reason that we should slow down and communicate our feelings clearly, simply and wholeheartedly. We must purposefully show our love, our appreciation, our thankfulness so that those who are a big part of our life will know that they are loved, thought about and highly esteemed. (Galatians 5:14-16) (Romans 12:10-18)
No matter what you may be going through in life, no matter how busy you may be, no matter how stressed out you may feel, you still have the ability to show your love and care for those closest to you. We can't take for granted our special relationships because sooner or later they will come to a stressful breaking point because they weren't shown the respect, admiration, thoughtfulness and care that they rightfully deserved. Let us learn the lesson before it happens to us and let us go forth purposefully lifting up, affirming, encouraging and simply showing those who mean the most to us how much they are appreciated, loved and wanted. May we never assume that our love is known, but that we would make an extra effort to never leave any doubt. (Romans 14:19) (Galatians 5:22-26)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to appreciate those who mean the most to you and never take them for granted.
THE SWEETEST SOUND
My youngest son doesn’t speak much. His severe autism has always made language a struggle for him. Even though he is sixteen years old now his vocabulary remains very limited. His sentences are simple ones that only let us know his basic needs. Even these sometimes fail and he will need to grab our hands and show us what he wants. Still, his light-hearted laughter, delighted smile, and shining eyes can speak volumes at times. Often I only have to look at him to share in his joy. He may not be Shakespeare but his heart says so much. To me he will always be a gift from Heaven.
I can remember last Summer helping him to get his room ready for bed on a warm August evening. As it often can be with families dealing with autism it had been a long day full of ups and downs for us both. There had been both laughter and joy and frustration and tears. Now as the sun was finally setting his eyes started to droop as he changed into his pajamas. I smiled at my sleepy son and leaned forward to kiss his forehead. Gently taking his face in my hands I looked him in the eyes. “I love you son”, I said. His eyes sparkled for a moment and a smile appeared on his face. Then I heard him say more clearly than he ever had before, “I love you.” Those beautiful words sang in my ears and flew into my heart. It was the sweetest sound I had ever heard. At that moment I fully saw with my eyes, ears, and heart the wonderful, bright, shining soul that lives within my son.
May you always bless your life with the sweet sound of “I love you” as well. Fill your home with its beautiful music. Let it float to Heaven on your prayers to our Father. Share its glorious, healing words with the world. Use it to touch the lives and brighten the hearts of all those you love. It truly is the song of the angels and the very voice of God.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
Ephesians 4:29-32 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
Galatians 6:2-4 “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
Romans 15:1-4 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not Himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on Me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: THE POWER OF WORDS
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Today's Selected Testimony: HE WANTED ME
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry