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God’s Love Story to Us

June 20, 2011

God is love – and wants us to abide in God, and God’s love forever.

John Trent tells the following tale:

Recently, a woman grabbed my arm at a conference after I had finished speaking on the enormous need we all have for affirmation.

“Dr. Trent, may I share my story with you?” she asked. “Actually, it’s a story of something my son did with my granddaughter that illustrates what you’ve been talking about–the importance of affirmation.

“My son has two daughters, one who’s five and one who is two. For several years, my son has taken the oldest girl out for a ‘date’ time, but he had never taken the two-year-old until recently. On his first ‘date’ with the younger one, he took her out to breakfast at a local fast food restaurant.

“They had just gotten their pancakes and my son decided it would be a good time to tell this child how much he loved and appreciated her.”

“Jenny,” her son had said, “I want you to know how much I love you, and how special you are to Mom and me. We prayed for you for years, and now that you’re here and growing up to be such a wonderful girl, we couldn’t be
more proud of you.”

Once he had said all this, he stopped talking and reached over for his fork to begin eating … but he never got the fork to his mouth. His daughter reached out her little hand and laid it on her father’s hand. His eyes went to hers, and in a soft, pleading voice she said, “Longer, Daddy … longer.”

He put down his fork and proceeded to tell her some more reasons and ways they loved and appreciated her, and then he again reached for his fork. A second time … and a third … and a fourth time he heard the words, “Longer, Daddy … longer.”

Today and all days, may we understand that we have a God who wants to spend all eternity with us to communicate a love story to us – how we are God’s precious children, created, redeemed, and  sustained by love for ever and ever. Thanks be to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Amen.

(Conclusion to June 19 Sermon)

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