Live With A Christ-Like Love

heart_of_hands_on_sunrise_sky“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” ~John 13:34 (NIV)

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
~Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)

Taking a lunch-break from errands, I stopped at Panero’s. A group of five deaf-mutes were in line ahead of me.  I could see the deliberate looks of the cashier to her co-workers, averted glances of others, feel the impatience of the patrons behind me at the frustration of the group leader in getting their order written on a piece of paper with frantic gestures and guttural sounds.  Having a disability, I ached with personal knowledge of social misunderstanding.

Sitting across the dining area from me, I watched their animated conversation in sign language, beautiful and graceful.  Approaching their group as I was leaving, I asked if anyone could hear.  Animated gesturing asked if I was deaf.  Able to understand the question, I responded in remedial sign accompanied with slow lip syncing that I could hear but did not know sign.  Having patience with me, I was handed a long receipt and pen to communicate.

I wrote, “I do not know sign, but wanted to say hi.”  Handing my message to the leader, he read as he signed my greeting to the group.  I do know sign for “I love you.”  Signing it to the group, I was rewarded with smiles and several returned “I love you” in sign.

As I was leaving, I hugged the lady close to me, then a gentleman.  The rest of the group stood and gave me a hug.  The group leader was last, giving me a squeeze.  Smiling, I slowly mouthed, “Have a great day” —  responding smiles and departing waves.

Outside, sounds of traffic, muted conversations, a bird greeted me with a renewed appreciation.  In reaching out to the group of deaf-mutes, I was the one blessed.  Jesus commanded us to love one another as He loves us.  To love like Christ — I wonder how many lonely people I may have overlooked, missed a chance to share the love of Christ through a smile, word, or deed.  “I want to live like that.”

Through The Eyes Of God

As I walk through my life
it seems to me to be;
I see people with their arms outstretched
who want something out of me.

Lord, help me see them as you do
from your throne above.
They are lonely, empty searching souls.
Let me see them through your eyes of love.

As I look upon my world
every single day of my life:
let me see your beauty Lord
not man’s hatred, turmoil, or strife.

When I start to criticize,
Lord, please take hold of me.
Remind this stubborn childish heart,
through your eyes I want to see.

Of all the thing I care to want,
let this one my prayer be.
As I live my life for you,
God, through your eyes let me see.

© 1983

Prayer:

“Dear Lord, please forgive me when I let the busyness of life blind me to others.  Help me to always love with your heart and see through your eyes.  I love you.” ~Amen

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~ by Debbie Richardson on March 28, 2013.

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