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Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)
TITLE: A Lesson in Love
By Joanne Cordaro
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I stand alone in the semi-darkened room. It is only dawn, and no one else is awake yet. I am standing next to the antique wooden cradle. I study the peaceful, sleeping face of my newborn grandson. It’s ironic. This baby has done nothing noteworthy. He has not cured cancer. He had not won a Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, he can’t even hold his own little head up. And, yet, here I am, staring in amazement.
I realize that for the past 30 minutes or so, I have stood as if rooted to the light blue carpeting that lies under my bare feet. I am quite literally transfixed. I am unable to stop myself. I gaze in complete and total awe at this sleeping bundle. I search my memory. I cannot remember a time when my heart has been more filled with love.
I think to myself, this baby has done nothing to earn my admiration, my devotion, my love. Nothing! He doesn’t have to. I have given him these things freely and completely. I know, for example, that I would leap in front of a speeding car without hesitation to save him. There would be no weighing the pros and cons, before I would engage in mortal combat with a rabid dog to protect him. He does not have to show he is worthy of my love. It is a gift from me without any strings attached. He is worthy simply by his existence.
I muse that there will be challenges ahead. There always are. But I also know, in my heart of hearts, that there isn’t a challenge big enough to ever change the love I have for him.
I am struck, suddenly, by an epiphany. If I, a mere imperfect human being, can love so fully and completely, how much more is God’s infinite love? I did not earn His love. I did not do anything to deserve it. Yet, He loves me with an unconditional love. Unconditionally loves me! Me!
Hot, salty tears fall down my weathered cheeks. The unmistakable aura of holiness fills the room. I tremble in the presence of my Lord. There is no doubt that He is here with me. I bow my head and whisper, “Thank you, I get it now. You love me. Though, I did nothing to earn it, you have loved me all along. You’ve just been waiting for me to receive your love. Thank you, Lord, for loving me.”
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