I just finished reading an article, a tribute to Pamela Murphy. In case you don’t recognize her name, no reason why you should, she was the widow of WWll hero, most decorated soldier of the war, Audie Murphy. He died in a plane crash Memorial Day weekend in 1971. When he died, he was broke and in debt. Mrs. Murphy had to move out of her beautiful home near L A to a small apartment. She took a job as a clerk at the Sepulveda VA Hospital as an advocate for the patients. It was said that when she first began working there the soldiers, upon finding out who she was, would come up and hug her and thank her. Those hugs and thanks were for her dead husband, but the last thirty years she was there, the hugs and thanks were all for her. She would not be honored, choosing to honor “her boys” and made sure that every soldier or Marine she came in contact with was treated like a VIP.
It is all too often that we are disappointed in someone we thought was great, it’s so nice to hear about someone that earned his or her “wings” right here on earth. It was the love in her heart that gave her to courage to fight the system for her boys.
Love is a powerful force. Love is stronger than death, even though it can’t stop death from happening, no matter how hard death tries, it can’t separate people from love. I remember the first time I felt adult love, I can tell you what I had on, where I was, and feel the same flush come over my face as I type this, and that, my friend, was a very long time ago, that’s how strong that love still is. If we had more of the agape love of God for our fellow man, we would not see so much crime in our nation. We would not see spouses being abused, you wouldn’t hear of children being beaten to death or locked in closets as punishment, and people in elder care would be safe from being tossed into their bed like a sack of potatoes.
How have we come so far from the love that Jesus shed on the cross, yes I said love, not blood, because that had to be what He felt for us, in order to be able to lay down His life for our sins. John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment, Mark 12:31 Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.‘ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.”
You may not be able, nor have the desire, to do volunteer work at the VA Hospital, one of the Brian Centers for the elderly, or a hospice, but you can love and serve where you are. It is difficult when you are faced with threats in the work place, as one of my readers was this week, or discrimination of another dear reader, but if you are waiting for an apology from any of these, don’t waste your time. It has to be enough to know that God knows and that He respects your actions of love toward the unlovable.
These lyrics written by Joe Cocker say it well: Love lift us up where we belong Where the eagles fly on a mountain high Love lift us up where we belong Far from the world below Where the clear winds blow. I can feel protected by the love He gives me, this verse from Song of Solomon 2:4 is precious to me, it says: He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. Ah, I love to picture myself sitting by His side, chosen by Him and protected by His everlasting arms, and love. “I am loved, I can risk loving you, for the One Who knows me best, loves me most”, yes He loves me warts and all! Am I special to Him? Sure I’d like to think so but the truth is that He loves us all, just the same!
His love lifts me up where I belong!