Thursday, March 23, 2017
To Love Like That
Last week was our spring break, and I was home for about 48 hours total for the entire week. I did a lot of driving. I took my 16 year old, Drew, and her friend Riley to Asheville North Carolina to visit their friend Ruby. Asheville is like being in another world. It was very different than Grapevine Texas. Their adorable little house is in the mountains, and their adorable little town is quirky and endearing. There are many homeless people in Asheville, and there are equally as many or more people there who come to their aid. Every day that we walked by the park in the middle of the city, there was some sort of gathering where homeless people were being ministered to, through food or music or words. It was heartwarming. We visited the most adorable bookstore a few times, and I think I might go there every day if I lived there. And then the dogs....dogs are welcome everywhere, and I mean every single place you go....even church. We attended a church service unlike any I've ever attended before. It was enlightening and uncomfortable at the same time. There were many different types of people (and dogs) in attendance, and it was nice to be in a place where everyone was welcomed by everyone. From the moment we sat down, I noticed this sweet little family. I watched and listened to them nearly the entire service. There was an expectant mother, a teenage girl and another woman all who were white; and an adorable little boy who was black. He was about 6 years old and very active. His mama kept looking back at him as he lay in the aisle coloring to ensure that he wasn't misbehaving. At first his focus seemed to jump from place to place and so did he, but after about 10 minutes; he settled into his coloring. I kept finding myself staring at him in his bright yellow sweater and rain boots. His skin was perfect and so was his beautiful curly hair. As I watched him color, the sweetest thing happened. He gently took the hand of the teenage girl, who was sitting in a chair beside him, and stroked his cheek with her hand. Then he just held it gently to his cheek with his eyes closed and savored her touch. She had been journaling and noticed his gesture with a sweet smile and then she reached down and tenderly kissed the top of his head. No words were spoken, but their love was strong and so very evident. There were no color barriers or age barriers or gender barriers, there was just love. It was pure and whole and just like Jesus's love. Someday I pray our entire world will have a love like that.