1 Thes 3:12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
“What do you mean you want to go to New York to work in a COVID 19 intensive care unit? What if you don’t make it home?”
Those were my first two thoughts when Josh said he wanted to help during the pandemic. Sure I have a heavy load of my own to carry. Certainly it’s easier to lift when I’ve got an extra set of hands. But seriously, what if he gets sick? That’s the real question. That’s the one I want answered. I want to know he’s actually going to make it home. I want to know it’s going to be okay.
And here’s the thing that God has shown me through this…it’s going to be okay. There’s really no other option.
Long before the pandemic struck God planted me in a little Christian community. He blessed me with great friends, caring coworkers, the sweetest group of seventh graders that exist, and a heap of parents who love their kids and love me, too. Then tragedy struck, the virus spread, our time together at school was cut short, and my husband left for New York. But I know it’s going to be okay…because God’s love abounds. God’s love has shown up through our Ambleside community in more ways than I can count and far more than I deserve. Calls, texts, emails, prayers, dinners, lunches, videos from the students…God’s love abounds.
I cannot be overcome with fear, for God’s love abounds. And I cannot be overwhelmed with responsibilities, for God’s love abounds. And I cannot be fraught with worry, for God’s love abounds. It is in times like these when I am reminded of God’s love and grace and mercy. For all I have to do to see him in my midst is open my eyes, and He is there. God’s Love Abounds.
My prayer is that I am to those around me the gift that they have been to me. I pray that my love will increase and overflow into the lives of others as I am drenched in the love of Christ. Thank you Ambleside for being Christ to me. I pray for opportunities to pay it back to you.