Love is so many things, it is difficult to define. But those who have felt it know. This December has been unlike any I have experienced before, but the love I have felt at Christmas time for the past 50 years of living has been more evident than ever.
Lori Durham told me that our Emmaus newsletter theme this year would be “Love Overcomes All.” My first thought was “not everything,” when I thought of my two divorces. Why was that my first thought? I don’t know. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized the truth contained in “Love Overcomes All.” Human love may not, but God’s love does.
Why has this December been so different from previous Decembers? Quite frankly, because my husband had a kidney and pancreas transplant November 30, and we have spent most of the month of December in the hospital, including Christmas Day, due to a series of complications.
Our youngest daughter, Mary, has been staying with my mother while we’ve been in the hospital. Mom brought Mary to us on Christmas Day, and we had a great visit!
The doctors and nurses here provide excellent care, both to my husband Keith and to me. My sister Darcy has come to stay with me a few times when she knew her presence was needed to comfort me.
I don’t know what 2018 will hold for you, for me, for any of us. But I am grateful for the generosity of the family who provided their loved one’s organs so Keith could have his transplant. I am grateful for the proactive care Keith has received while we’ve been here. I am grateful for the many people who have expressed God’s love to us through prayer, presence, and presents.
I am grateful for the opportunities I have had here to be the hands and feet of Christ. I am equally grateful for those who have been Christ’s hands and feet to me.
God IS love. And HIS love truly does conquer all.
I look forward to writing for this newsletter another year, and share my 4th Days with you. Happy New Year!