"Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds . . ." Wm Shakespeare

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Love, it's all about LOVE

Do you ever think about love, the love Jesus meant when he said, "greater love has no one than to lay down his life for another".  Have you ever seen that kind of love?

I now can say I have.

For the past few months I've been privileged to watch this kind of love in action and this is my tribute to that kind of love and to these two people

I work as a PSW (personal support worker) and one of my clients recently died. Yes, I was sad, but the legacy of love which this client's P'sOA (powers of attorney) lived for us to witness is a powerful and humbling experience I will never forget.

In today's world, most people acquaint love with doing something kind for those we love and for those who do kind things for us, warm fuzzy feelings toward another and such like. Many times our love comes with thoughts of expecting something in return and when we don't get something back we often quit 'loving'. We forget that we are to give love unselfishly expecting nothing, giving love in the way the other needs to be loved, not in the way we think we should love. 
It's not about us at all, it's always about the other.

God says in His word that if we lose our lives we will find our lives. This is no truer than in the case of loving others with no thought for ourselves. In giving love this way, we find something special happens within, which we would not otherwise find.

What I witnessed in that home, is a love that had no thought for self, love that would get up at any hour of the night and come at a moment's call, would stop in after a long days work to visit. This was a love that agonized at what more they could do to make things easier for their beloved friend and what more they could do to support us. We were there for them and found they were there for us.

This love made our job as PSW's much easier as their whole mind-set was that to unselfishly support us was to support their beloved one. 
When it became unbearably hot in the summer, they provided cases of water for us. If some of us had to work overtime and didn't bring enough for another meal, we found frozen dinners in the freezer. We found candy hearts at Valentine's, we had little treats of Cheezies and cookies always around. They bought us magazines, newspapers and brought in novels and their whole thought was to make sure we were well provided for and comfortable and relaxed while doing our job. 
We thought we were supporting them, but found they were supporting us. We supported each other and it was awesome.

Surely I can say I have never been treated by a 'boss' in so thoughtful and kind a manner.

Their love for their friend was such as I have never witnessed before and will never forget. 

Oh, did you notice I said 'friend'? This was not love for a blood family member, but family of their hearts.

I consider these two in the same self-giving way as Mother Teresa who said, "It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving". These people did much and gave much in their loving.

I am so proud, yet humbled that I was given the privilege of being part of this care team.

Girl on a Journey of loving better, loving more like Christ.
Blessings, Journey Girl

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