I overheard someone talking about what love and family is the other day. Then, my husband and I were listening to (so-called) love songs and discussing how they were all about filling selfish needs and not about real love at all.
As I pondered what love and family means to me, it boiled down to three things: Prayer, pies and purple roses.
Prayer is always first! When I care deeply for someone they are constantly in my thoughts and therefore my prayers. When they are in need I pray their needs are filled. When they hurt I pray for comfort. When they lack faith I pray for faith... Heaven could not be heaven for me without my loved ones there. I am determined to pray them into heaven.
How does pie equal love? Well, when I want to show my love for someone I usually cook for them. If someone is celebrating I cook for them, grieving...I cook and in need, you guessed it... more food. One of my sons dated a young lady who had no real family. She had a grandma, whom she adored, who had passed away. She had wonderful memories of a special pie her grandma made her. I found the recipe and made that pie for her on Easter. It was my way of showing my love for her.
Finally, purple roses. My sister adores purple roses. I can rarely pass a bunch without buying some for her. Real love means knowing what makes someone else happy. It means looking for opportunities to fulfill someone else's dreams or desires. Real love means selflessness and self sacrifice. Like Christ Sacrificed for us. God bless you, dear reader and Happy New Year!