"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." (1 John 3:16-18 NIV)
Our old couch had seen better days. The fabric of its cushions was
ripped and torn in places. I had covered the spots in duct tape but foam
was still leaking out of them. The springs inside of it were broken. The
sheet we covered it with was torn, sewn, and torn again. The right front
leg had worked loose and fell off whenever we sat down on it. All in all
our couch had become beaten, battered, and very uncomfortable.
For several months then I saved what money I could in order to buy a new
one. Finally, I had enough and got a new, slightly smaller sofa that I
hoped would last for years to come. We carried it up the steps and got
it in place. While the delivery men hauled off the old one I looked over
our new addition. It was strong and straight and soft and sturdy. With
the day's work done I looked forward to having a seat on it. I made
myself a tall glass of iced tea and walked into the living room. I
stopped short and stared. There on my new couch were my dogs curled up
contentedly for a nap.
I smiled and didn't shoo them off of it. Instead I sat down in my
computer chair and watched them peacefully sleep for awhile. I didn't
mind sharing my comfortable new couch with them. After all, they had for
years blessed me with the comfort of their love.
Love truly is the most comforting thing in this entire world. Nothing
comforts us like knowing that God loves us. Nothing comforts us like
knowing that we are here to love as well. Nothing comforts us like
sharing our love with God, people, animals, and the world around us.
" Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father
of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our
troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort
we ourselves receive from God." (1 Cor. 1:3-4 NIV)
Carry your love with you always then. Let it be your cozy chair and
comfy couch. Let it give rest to your heart and revitalize your soul.
Let it comfort you on Earth and carry you to Heaven.
Joseph J. Mazzella