I wake up Valentine’s Day to an empty bed.
The pink hearts and cute cupcakes we made don’t make the sheets warm. They don’t hold me strong and whisper hope and connect deep.
My Valentine is hundreds of miles away, sleeping in a strange bed in a foreign country and I wonder…
What do you do when love seems so far away? When you know the disconnect, the unfulfilled longings? When you crave it and no amount of cute pink and red fun fills the void?
How exactly can I stay filled up with love?
The kids are noisy and demanding and the environment is definitely not lit with soft candles as I open the letter from the greatest Valentine of all. But there are words, words of possibility and hope. Real words describing a REAL condition, just as real as my empty bed and noisy surroundings.
We can stay in Love.
No matter what. A provision has been made for us to enter into the Love Circle and stay there.
Author Keri Kent writes,
“Love consists, so often, of simply showing up. To be present with someone communicates far more than words. In a friend’s moment of grief or need, our presence is a far greater gift than anything we might bring or do, or even say.
The Incarnation is the ultimate example of “showing up.” But even now, two millennia later, if we pay attention, we will notice when Jesus shows up. He makes good on his promise to abide with us. His constant “being with” can be a source of comfort and joy. His inescapable presence consoles but also convicts. Our response varies by day, or even by moment.
Jesus is fully present with us, no matter where we go. The question is, do we acknowledge that presence? And do we, for lack of a better term, take advantage of it? Do we fully exploit and enjoy the fact that Jesus himself is nearby, looking at us with love?
How would we live if we fully embraced this incredible truth at all times?”
How indeed? To live every day a Valentine’s Day with a very present and real Lover who sacrifices everything to redeem and restore and relate with me?
It’s what we have, you know.
Maybe this Lent it’s time not to set rules but set aside a broken heart? Maybe it’s time to exchange empty fluff for real substance? For relationship? For Presence? Maybe it’s time to practice living loved?
An Invitation this Lent
from Keri Wyatt Kent, author of Deeply Loved:
Join Keri on a 40 day Lent study of her book Deeply Loved: 40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of Jesuson Facebook or by following her on Twitter (@KeriWyattKent #DeeplyLoved).
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About the Author:
Keri Wyatt Kent is the author of ten books, a freelance writer and speaker. She writes and speaks about slowing down, simplifying and listening to God. Excerpt from Deeply Loved: 40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of Jesusby Keri Wyatt Kent. © by Abingdon Press. Used by Permission.
Live Loved, my friends!