A Love Stronger Than Death

Recently, our granddaughter celebrated her first birthday. Our son and daughter in law, being the creative and thoughtful parents they are, asked everyone attending the party to write a note to Paloma. These writings were collected and carefully placed (along with a newspaper of that day and some other things) in a “time capsule” of sorts to be opened on Paloma’s 16th birthday.

 My letter to Miss P. was lengthy, no surprise there! I had so many thoughts…hopes and dreams I have for her, things I hope we will have experienced together, wishes for her in the world of 2024! Gosh, doesn’t that sound odd…2024! I ended my writing with assurances…things I knew to be true. Assurances of her family's unconditional love for her and that she is and would be the child (teenager!) of a gracious, understanding, loving and merciful God. I also commented on the possibility that all of us present that day may not be with her 15 years from now…but that our love for her would continue and she would always carry us in her heart and her in ours.

I now want to share the daily Lenten devotion, from Christ Our Hope, by Henri J.M. Nouwen for Thursday, the Fifth Week of Lent. Some of you may have the booklet at home. For me, it is a powerful reading…

A Love Stronger Than Death
Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death. John 8:51

It was a very intimate event: a work here, a gesture there and a gradual awareness that something new was being born…The five of us, sitting in a circle around the table with a little bread and a little wine, speaking softly about the way we were recognizing him in our lives, knew deep in our hearts that for us too all had changed, while all had remained the same. Our struggles are not ended. On Easter morning we can still feel the pains of the world, the pains of our family and friends, the pains of our hearts. They are still there and will be for a long time. Still, all is different because we have met Jesus and he has spoken to us. There was a simple, quiet joy among us and a deep sense of being loved by a love that is stronger, much stronger, than death.

I have met you, dear Jesus, and all is different now.

Andrea Heshmati

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Kim wrote:
Little Paloma is blessed! The love she experiences from her parents and grandparents will help her understand the depth of God's unconditional love for her.

Tue, April 7, 2009 @ 10:33 PM

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