In 1 Thessalonians 3 The Apostle Paul tells the saints to perfect that which is lacking in their faith. As part of this epistle he tells the saints "that no man should be moved [or disturbed] by these afflictions" (1 Thess 3:3). Later he says "and the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men" (1 Thess 3:12).
I think this affliction or trial has not "moved" us. Our feet are planted strongly and we have not been moved. We trust in the Lord more now than ever. We know He lives and we are committed to following Him.
How have we seen an increase in love?
- Towards each other
- Toward our son that we will be with one day
- Towards our family
- Towards other children
- Towards our loving neighbors who have reached out to us
- Towards those that have offered prayers in our behalf
- Towards those that have given us meals
- Towards those that have sent us words of sympathy
- Towards those that have served us
- Towards those that have cried for us
- Towards those that have given us beautiful flowers
- Towards the strangers that have reached out to us and given us gifts
- Towards others that have dealt with the death of a loved one
We have had an increase of love in our home, family, and community. Perhaps this wouldn't have happened without all the love and service that was given to us. Nevertheless we feel an increase of love for each other and for others.
Luke, thank you for bringing so much love and kindness into the world even though you haven't been here. Your presence is felt and we know you have made a difference in our lives. Thank you! We love you! Love, your mommy.
"I'm grateful that God allows trials and tragedies to occur in our lives, not because they're easy or because they're desired, but because they help us love." -Chris Williams, Forgiveness: My Burden Made Light