“Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
Yesterday I was talking with a co-worker about her sons upcoming Valentines Day party. She told me the night before she’s helped her sons get valentines ready for their preschool party. They had the typical cards, which featured a variety of bright characters, that must be pulled apart at perforated seams. Small heart stickers were included in the box to hold the folded cards together.
Chelsea said they were pushing the bedtime limit, sitting at the kitchen table in a circle of overhead light. Drake, five, laboriously printed his name over and over. His brother, three, attached heart stickers, while his daddy wrote BROCK on all his cards. Her job was licking all 68 envelopes.
Brock finished his stack first, and as he was leaving to go up to bed, he went over to Drake and stuck a red heart sticker on his brother’s shirt. Drake stopped his printing and looked at the small bright spot of color on his sleeve. “Look, Mom,” he said, “Brock gave me this. He must love me.” Aww! What a touching family moment.
Sometimes we grown-ups make love way more complicated than it needs to be. A simple gesture, a kind touch, an unexpected card can all say, “I care about you.” And, of course, so can a bright red heart sticker.
God loves us unconditionally every day. Pass that love along today to someone who needs it.