The Greatest of These is Love

Our family was under stress. My husband had just retired. We were getting our house ready to sell by cleaning, fixing, packing and throwing away. We were also looking for a new place to live in another town. It wasn’t going well. Most of the places we asked to see were selling before we could make an appointment. Our current house had a string of unexpected things to fix. It had all taken its toll.

Our mood changed from expectant to surly. We weren’t exactly fighting, but our tone must have been off because our granddaughter, Arianna, quietly handed each of us a handmade construction paper heart with the word love written in crayon.

She instructed us to put them in our pocket so we would remember to love each other.

We quietly said, “Oh, honey, we still love each other.”

She wasn’t convinced and her silence brought conviction. We had forgotten that circumstances and things are not what make a happy life. Our love for each other was much more important. Love must be lived out in words and actions and ours had not lined up with what we claimed.

I’m not used to being put in my place by a seven year old, but God will use whatever is available to get through to hard hearts, and Arianna was available.

We accepted the hearts and obediently put them in our pockets.

Our house eventually sold, we found a new one, and survived the move.

I would be lying if I said our surly days were over, but Arianna had helped us to be a little softer and kinder to each other. And every time I think of the paper heart for my pocket I breathe a prayer of thanks to a good God who blessed us with a granddaughter who knows exactly how to speak the truth in love.

4 thoughts on “The Greatest of These is Love

  1. Dear Karen, this brought tears to my eyes. You’re both obviously doing a wonderful job raising Arianna, for not only did she know to speak in and of love, she felt safe to remind you both to continue to do the same.That is huge, my friend. ❤ And by the way, moving is in the top five of most stressful events.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    • Very kind of you to say Wendy, but I must insist that any good work we see in Arianna is completely of God’s hand. I learned the hard way, through my children, that our best efforts are as nothing without God grabbing their heart. More often I see God using Arianna in our life.

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