Jeremiah 31: 3 The Lord appeared to me from long ago. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued my faithfulness to you.
When we die, don’t we want to be remembered for something – something worthwhile and meaningful? Don’t we want to leave some kind of worthwhile legacy?
Money is spent; buildings decay; monuments are self-serving and in time lose their meanings; good works are fleeting and are often forgotten.
Isn’t there a better, more long-lasting, more worthwhile, more meaningful legacy to leave our loved ones and our fellow men? Love – true, selfless love – is meaningful, comforting and hopefully lasting and self-perpetuating. Selfless love never runs out, never rots, never boasts and never dies.
Parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, friends and other people who give us love never really die. Their love, even their tough love, is remembered by us and by others. Love freely given and taught is passed on to us and dwells within us to pass on to our children, our grandchildren, our friends and to other people, even strangers. Selfless, true love is eternal, just as our Lord’s love for us is. Love is not selfish or judgmental and never dies. It is a lasting legacy, wonderful to receive and fulfilling to pass on.
Immortal Love, forever full,
Forever flowing free,
Forever shared, forever whole,
A never-ebbing sea!
John Greenleaf Whitter (1807 – 1892)
From The Methodist Hymnal
from the 2018 Lenten Devotional