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Topic: LOVE (agape and/or phileo) (03/12/15)
TITLE: Loving more than all
By Ken Grant
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The day is long past and only a few remain to watch. Most have long sense grown weary of the spectacle and headed home. A woman, a peasant, clearly not favored by God due to her poverty, struggles to reach the room before it is closed for the day. She has labored hard and her body is frail. She holds tightly gripped in her right fist a mere pittance. The amount is not worth picking up off the ground for the great men. She steps inside but none pay her any mind. She is not worthy of even a look. She shuffles forward and drops her small coins into the great treasury. They register not at all and she quickly bows her head and walks back out the door. She wonders where her next meal will come; if it will come at all.
In the far corner the greatest man of all sits among his disciples. He has been watching the coming and going all day. He turns to those around him and says, "That woman has given more than all the others. Her love exceeds them all by far."
The disciples wonder at his words as they often do. He has turned their idea of love on its head and they sit silently in confusion. Love is about cost and one day the greatest man will demonstrate the greatest love of all.
The woman walks slowly along, but she is not alone. Her heavenly Father looks down with a smile. She has loved deeply and such love will not be forgotten.
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