I read an article, which was a tribute to Pamela Murphy. In case you don’t recognize her name there is no reason why you should, but if I said she was the widow of WWll hero, most decorated soldier of the war, Audie Murphy you probably would. Audie Murphy died in a plane crash on Memorial Day weekend in 1971. If you don’t remember him as a war hero you can probably catch one of his movies on the Western Channel. This hero turned cowboy star was broke and in debt when he died. Mrs. Murphy had to move out of her beautiful home near Los Angeles to a small apartment. She needed a job to put food on her table and try to pay her bills and was hired as a clerk at the Sepulveda VA Hospital as an advocate for the patients. It was said that when she first began working at the hospital 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 things soon turned around and for 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 she made sure that every soldier or Marine that she came in contact with were all 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 who 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. However death cannot stop love no matter how hard it tries, it cannot separate people from love.
I remember the first time I felt adult love, I can tell you what I was wearing, where I was and I 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 the crimes we see in the news, and we wouldn’t see abused spouses, children, and our loved ones that have to be in a facility for 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 he had to feel that love for us 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 go and 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, 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 and protected by His everlasting arms and love. His love lifts me up where I belong!