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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)

TITLE: A Lesson in Love
By Joanne Cordaro


I am in love. As sure as I am breathing, I am in love. Those are not words this tough guy takes lightly. I admit I am fascinated by this development.

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. Itís ironic. This baby has done nothing noteworthy. He has not cured cancer. He had not won a Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, he canít 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 doesnít 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 isnít 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 Godís 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, ďThank you, I get it now. You love me. Though, I did nothing to earn it, you have loved me all along. Youíve just been waiting for me to receive your love. Thank you, Lord, for loving me.Ē

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Darlene Casino 08/27/09
Beautiful; Touching; Holy; Thank you
Nancy Tilson08/27/09
This is relational writing. One easily identifies with your MC...or maybe its because my first grandson is a year old now! It is so true that we understand God's love with new perspective when we become parents and grandparents.
Mildred Sheldon08/28/09
What a wonderful story. I agree one hundred percent about seeing your grandchild and realizing that unconditional love can only come from God and it is so spiritual that you stand unable to move. Great job.
Emily Gibson08/30/09
And how much less lovable are we than a sweet newborn! It is this kind of epiphany that draws us closer to our Heavenly Father. Well done!