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Topic: Abundance (06/08/06)
TITLE: Love Abundant
By Sarah Canaday Heckman
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And then I saw God moving. In the hugs that I had no energy to accept, through the line of cars that stretched a mile long en route to the tiny grave. He moved. I didn’t see Him at first. I was hurt, disappointed, and even a bit angry. Obvious blessings poured in, yet I could not see them.
Day after day we opened cards and letters filled with words of consolation and reassurance. Hundreds of cards promised “God is carrying you” or “This, too, shall pass.” They were all similar, and I found myself hardly reading the kind poems and bible verses. Until I picked one in a simple white envelope. Inside was a card filled with messages from the doctors and nurses who cared for our son while he was sick. They spoke of the amazing gift that he had been to their lives, to their hearts. He had changed them, made them feel God’s love. I began re-reading the cards. Stories of rebirth in Christ, new-found appreciation for blessings, and miraculous healings of the hearts and souls of parents who have lost their children filled the previously meaningless greeting cards. My child, in his few short months, touched more lives than most of us do in an entire lifetime. He had given hope, smiled joy, and loved innocently.
Slowly I began to see God in those dark days. He waited patiently for me to notice Him, continuously sending me messages of His amazing love. Abundant blessings everywhere.
When I needed it the most, God comforted. He knew I could not feel His arms directly—I had grown weary of arms. When I needed Him the most, He was there. Quietly waiting, He was there. When I needed a hand putting the pieces back together, He was there. Dustpan-wielding friends took me to lunch, called to say hello, and listened to my many stories. And when I needed to feel His love surrounding me more fervently than ever, He showed up in the inspired words from family, friends, and strangers. God knew that I was not willing to listen to Him—I described it as “God and I aren’t exactly on speaking terms right now.” He sent His people to shower me with His love—a love strong, a love sincere, a love abundant.
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