Oceans For Emotions: Love one another
"And now abideth faith, hope, and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
- I Corinthians 13:13
During this time of the year, before Christ gave up his earthly life for us, many Christians ponder what they need to give to strengthen their love for Jesus.
Little kids learn to make their Easter eggs and color them pretty pastel colors and write a special friend's name on them. They do their best to decorate them.
I remember hiding an Easter egg that was just a little bit cracked in my momma's Sunday purse and by the time we got to the pre-air-conditioned church, we all smelled a little like rotten Easter eggs as we sat in the back of the church, presenting ourselves as a very close family.
When we got back from church and to our house, my daddy got out his fishing knife, and I think I saw a twinkle in his eye and I realized that he may be taking us fishing. He then told me to cut one watermelon off of our melon patch and put it in the car.
I put it in our tin fishing tub since this was pre-plastic ice chest time. I sliced one piece of watermelon to make the car smell better and to show that I really did love my family.
I left some watermelon seeds in the middle of the driveway and left them there to give them a little faith that they might grow where they are planted. Please realize that this was in 1942 and the time for Americans to plant victory gardens to show their love for their country.
By the time I had gotten back to the car, Momma had the lunch packed, Daddy had the fishing tackle packed, and my sister, Jo Rae, and I had our things packed. We decided to go to the beach.
We all knew that God had known He would meet us there at the beach, and we would need a perfect place to demonstrate to God and the rest of our family our faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these was love.
Dear Lord, thank you for my daddy, who taught me to love fishing; for my momma, who taught me to love one another; and for my sister, who taught me to love family.