July 11, 2008

A woman in love....

This morning, while dressing, I started thinking about the three men in my life, the One who gave them to me, and the fact that I am in love with them all.
I will forever be in love with my Creator, the One who loved me from before the foundations of the world. His love drew me in and gave me life, and has made all earthly relationships of eternal significance.
I consider myself one of the most fortunate women on the face of the earth.... all because of love.
My husband captured my heart over 28 years ago, and my sons captured their own places in my heart as soon as I learned I was pregnant with them. Loving them has given my life focus and depth; it has also broken my heart and required more patience than I've ever had. Loving them has brought me greater joy than I thought possible, and I have discovered that it truly IS more blessed to give than to receive. (It's also really nice to receive!) My once-little boys are now grown men who have given me an honored place in their own hearts.
It was my husband's strength, vision, laughter, drive, pursuit of God, commitment to serve others and hunger for me that kindled the love in my heart for him. And it is his continued strength, vision, laughter, drive, pursuit of God, commitment to serve others and hunger for me that keep the fire burning.
It was the reality of giving life to my sons that bound my heart to them. Someone said there is no human love stronger than that of a mother for her children; I think that someone was right. I would quite literally die for my sons. Thinking of them can move me to laughter or tears. And they are just around the corner from my every thought.
Having these three wonderful, exasperating, funny, irritating, gifted and precious men to love for this life has, to a large degree, made me the woman I am, a woman in love.