J is a very gentle father. In fact, he has always been very gentlemanly. The way he loves Little E can be described as unconditional. No matter how mischievous or cheeky our little daughter gets, he would deem it as an adorable part of her growing up, looking past her tantrum-throwing moments, even her rebellious moments at times. J is always ready to forgive her, with his caring and loving arms opened wide to receive her into his embrace if she needed comfort, or if she didn’t understand what she did wrong that warranted my reproach.
Through the eyes of J, I see a glimpse of how much my Father in Heaven loves me as His daughter. The truth is, He loves me much much more than J could ever love Little E. So much more that I won’t be able to grasp how wide, how long or how deep is His love for me. Even when I was unlovable, and unforgivable, there He was, waiting with wide open arms, for me to run to Him to seek refuge under the shadow of His wings. That is the perfect, unchanging love of God. For God is Love (1 John 4:8). He is the very essence of love.
Because God is Love, He is patient, He is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. He is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Love (Jesus) is always looking out for the interests of others. He did not covet what others had, living a humble life without murmur nor repine. Jesus did not brag about who He was in the flesh, although He could have overpowered anyone He ever came in contact with. How blessed I am to have Jesus as my Lord! He is the greatest, and the very best gift I have ever received. Because of Him, I am given a new life, so that I can love as He does, through the power of the Holy Spirit which dwelleth in me. (1 John 3:23-24)
I pray that we will continue to be blessed with so much love to give to our child (or children if God blesses us with more), that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith; that we, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height of God’s love for us; And to know the love of our Lord Christ Jesus, which passeth knowledge, that we might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)
These verses are like pearls that are stringed into our lives. They were part of our wedding verses (Ephesians 3:14-21), expounded upon by our wedding minister on our wedding day, which blessed us much till today and counting… Besides, having read Dad’s article on “Epilogue from the Grannies”, I came to know that these pearls were also part of what shaped him into who he is today – the verses that called him to give up his promising medical career, to pursue what God has called him to do, living a humble and exemplary life as an ambassador of Christ, spreading the Good News, so that people can come to God by knowing the Truth.
How blessed we are to have a Father in Heaven who Himself is the quintessence and embodiment of Love. May the Lord our God be blessed forever and ever.