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Topic: Labor (04/19/04)

TITLE: Labor of Love
By Hannah Robertson


“Mom! Other girls don’t have to!” said the 9 year old girl as she laid down pouting on the frilly pink bedspread. “Susan, it doesn’t matter what other girls do, they have plenty of brothers and sisters that are old enough to help their mother do things that have to be done.” said the patient mother. This wasn’t at all new in the Smith household. “Go now and do the dishes while I fix supper.” Susan got up from the bed and walked angrily into the tiny kitchen. “Why do I have to do all the work around here?” she thought selfishly as she gave each dish a swift wipe with a wet dishrag. That night as Mrs. Smith knelt by the little bed that used to hold her much loved husband, who had gotten killed in a accident at work. She was left alone with three children, and Susan being the oldest got stuck with a lot of work. As Mrs. Smith knelt reverently beside the bed she shed many tears as the load of the day caught up with her. “Dear Father, your word says ‘For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown to His name’, please help Susan to see that she needs you. Help her to that you want her to have that labor of love.” After the accident Susan was very bitter to God about her father’s death, the offspring was selfishness when her mother needed her the most. Mrs. Smith stood up and sighed heavily as she crawled into her bed, still praying silently. Meanwhile, Susan climbed into her bed selfishly and closed her eyes, but there was no peace in her soul. The next morning the little family got dressed in their best clothes and went to the tiny church down the street. Susan sat down on the hard pew like a stone…until she heard these words “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes on him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Sure, she had heard those words many times, but now…something was real and living about them. “God gave His only son so that I might live everlasting?” She thought mystically. “Surely it doesn’t mean me.” She thought sadly. Then she thought of the other part. “Whosoever believes on Him”. “It…It does mean me.” She thought excitedly. And then she thought of her sin. “What would he want with me?” Then she heard the preacher’s words again “He takes away the sin of the world”. Right then and there she bowed her head and said “God, I know I’ve been very bad to you and to my parents. Please forgive me and, like your holy word says, you ‘take away the sin of the world’. I will try, with your help, to like only for you. Amen” She opened her eyes, the Lord had changed her heart and everything appeared new. Her mother, a suffering widow, needed her help. Her two brothers needed her love. She looked out the sunny windows. Every thing seemed to declare the glory and love of God. She grabbed one of the Bibles from the back of the pews and opened it. This verse caught her attention: “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name…” “And God please forgive me for not working the labor of love.” She prayed silently as the congregation rose to sing and she rose happily with them and sang the old hymn “Take my life and let me be, always only all for Thee, always only all for Thee.” She knew she had a reason to love a reason to sing… a reason to serve.

Member Comments
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Christine Rhee04/26/04
It is an amazing thing when we understand that God's love is a personal love...I'm so glad Susan found this out!!
B Price04/26/04
Praise GOD Susan understood we all have reasons to serve..
hopefully she will learn to do all things for the Purpose of the LORD.
enjoyed the story.
L.M. Lee04/27/04
Take my life...that song has been the last song on the last 3 music CD's I bought...how very interesting that God is "reviving" that old hymn.
Naomi Deutekom04/27/04
good story. You need to break it up into paragraphs and give each speaker their own paragraph.