I was a very young preschooler when my mom left the east coast and my biological dad. It was just the three of us. My mom, older sister and I went to make a new start in the west. My mom having so much courage to start new, to make a great home for us with little to no money.
This did not stop her, she worked tirelessly giving not only a roof over our heads but giving us attention becoming mom/dad to my sister and me. My hats always been off to my brave mom, but I didn’t always act this way. Being so young I had no idea what was really going on. Because I did not understand or know much at the time for a while I acted out. That’s putting it nicely, I did everything that would make the average person want to pull their hair out.
To my mom’s credit she kept her hair. She did what is so hard to do, she showed me love and kindness in spite of my actions. She would hold me tighter even during my fight.
I am sure time dragged on for my mom, but her loving actions paid off BIG time. I finally gave up the fight I allowed my mom to love me. I accepted what was going on, I was still hurting but I knew I had a soft place to fall.
I not only had my mom and sister but down the road I had a man who chose us, he married my mom and gave my sister and I his last name. Talk about love.
I reflect on this today because Christmas is coming up and for me it shows the best act of love we could ever witness. God, choose to show such great love to us unruly and a lot of times unlovable humans by sending us Jesus. Not only did Jesus come to die for us so we can live forever in heaven, but it was the lovingly way he lived his short life that speaks volumes on how we should be. I have people in my life that seem to be so unlovable, but I know I need to show love just like I was shown, and maybe at this time of year we can find it easier to love those unlovable in our lives and perhaps it will become easier for the rest of the year.
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.