Monday, March 7, 2011
A Special and Individual Love
Amy and I were alone with Colin this morning since Alex was with his Grammy and Papa Rayment at the hotel. We had a chance to just talk about being parents.
Amy made the comment that it was amazing how God could give us the same amount of love (if you could actually measure love) for both our boys. Wow! What a thought!
Those of you who have more than one child will agree I am sure. But you may also agree that its more than having the same amount of love. It goes deeper. It's an individual love.
What do I mean? It will sound simple. The love I have for Alex isn't the love I have for Colin and vice versa. Alex is so much like me. Yeah, I can hear some of you say, "It serves you right." You are right you know. This is the way I love him though. God uses him to show me that we all have second chances.
Colin...well its a newborn love. It's an unbelievable joy and contentment that is so deep inside. God uses this little person to teach me that He isn't finished. Life is always new and fresh with God. Have you ever noticed that He seems to allow so many beginnings? Yet He seems to love us more at each and every one.
I just stand in awe. Can you even begin to imagine the individual love God has for each one of us? If I...a human...a mixed-up human who has flaws and makes all kinds of mistakes...can love my two sons so individually and with so much passion that it just overflows....
I'm in awe. I just can't believe it. A song keeps coming to my heart. One that I love to lead in worship services. It's called "Arms of Love" written by Craig Musseau. I want to leave you with his words. As you read them or sing them (if you know the song), picture yourself and that particular moment when you just kept fighting and fighting and all He did was wrap His huge and strong arms around you...making sure to never...ever...let you out of HIs grip.
I sing a simple song of love
To my Savior, to my Jesus
I'm grateful for the things you've done
My loving Savior, my precious Jesus
My heart is glad that You've called me Your own
There's no place I'd rather be
(Than) In Your arms of love
In Your arms of love
Holding me still
Holding me near in Your arms of love.
© 1991 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing
UPDATE: This was originally posted on April 14, 2007, five days after Colin was born. I now have three wonderful little children. My two handsome boys and now my sweet little girl. I am always blessed beyond belief every time I think of these gifts of life that God gave to us.