Today, I know one of my dear friends families had their children taken away. All eight kids are being placed in foster care. I know a mom somewhere lost without her kids. Howling because her kids are somewhere else. Longing for them, to hold them, to listen to them. I know this mom.
She didn’t make the best choices. It’s true. There are a lot of allegations on the table. In fact, truth be told, the kids should probably be somewhere else for the time being. It’s okay. Let’s let them have consequences. Consequences are real and alive and we all face them.
She knows that I believe in her consequences. We’ve talked about it and she agrees. We nodded together. She also knows that I love her entirely too much. I have been reckless with my love in this one. I bring donuts on Sunday morning to her porch even when I know she’s not coming. I call. We go to Wal-Mart. We talk about her baby that she lost at 14 weeks – the baby that she actually keeps buried in a box.
We talk about her daughter – the one that runs away. We talked about the laundry on the floor and the dishes that are never getting done. We talk about the Bible and the red letters and she texts me questions about baptism and what did Jesus mean when He said ____________________. Yeah, I know this woman.
And she is so hurt. Today she wails.
And because she hurts, I hurt with her. I don’t know what I can do right now. And I am learning that it’s okay that I don’t know wholly, completely, sovereignly. It’s not my job. But I know, I have today to love her really well.
Love is going to mean a constant, a pursuit, a getting out of my own plans to get into her plans – kind of doing. There is something to be said about being a relentless love force. Don’t we all want to be loved this way? By a spouse? Our friends? Our children? Our friends’ children?
You guys, God and all of his relentlessness is what we are here on this earth for. It is why you are breathing today. In and out – breaths of relentless love are being breathed into you by the Almighty – why not go breath it out on someone else? We need to start being a part of this kind of business – the relentless kind.
And hold the rest of your tomorrows out on the horizon because Billy Graham said it well – “It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.”
Go be a relentless bringer of love.
What could you do today to bring hope and real life good?