Monique M. Keller
Love is the first tender touch felt in a mother’s arms; with touch showering love into a baby’s tiny being. An infant senses the warmth radiating out of caring fingers and hands as a reminder of the life-sustaining womb experience.
“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book, they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
You may say that there is no love if you had not experienced this closeness or have sadly lost a loved one. And it is true. A child instinctively craves love through touch and being held closely. A lack of love is apparent when looking at a child’s growth. In an environment of love, a baby’s still-developing body thrives. Even where illness and health challenges are present, in the arms of loving parents, the child settles and falls asleep feeling safe and secured. The baby fears nothing and no one while surrounded by love. One of the biggest gifts love give is a buffer against fear.
“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.”
1 John 4:17-19
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
The number of hair on your head is known to the author of love. The effort to count the protein-rich hair covering most people’s skin over the skull shows immense care and love.
As the third wave of the pandemic hits, let us dive deeper into the love of the great I am. This love is deeper than any ocean, love that strengthens, sustains weary bodies and souls, and helps in fear.
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
The love that comes from the great I am is freely available for YOU!
With love always,
Author of Teacher on the Mount