Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
The truest love
there ever was
hung upon a tree
His initials carved
in blood and agony
Greater than any
through ages of history.
And down through
the ages of time
A love letter
that never dies
Treasured within hearts
cherished more than
The truest love
of all time
gave His life
No love greater
than a man to
lay down His life
and mankind over.
~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2 April 2018
All rights reserved.
This week my husband and I celebrate another anniversary. In fact, by the time you read this, we will have already celebrated. It’s hard to believe 23 years have gone by.
We went out to dinner and then came home to watch a movie with our daughter. She turned on one of her favorite movies, “Love Letters to Juliet”. Here’s the basic synopsis of the movie:
“While visiting Verona, Italy, with her busy fiancé, a young woman named Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) visits a wall where the heartbroken leave notes to Shakespeare’s tragic heroine, Juliet Capulet. Finding one such letter from 1957, Sophie decides to write to its now elderly author, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave). Inspired by Sophie’s actions, Claire sets out to find her long-lost lover, accompanied by her disapproving grandson (Christopher Egan) and Sophie.”¹
It’s a really cute movie and no, I’m not going to tell you the end. But what a fascinating plot. Is it not?
It got me to thinking about a love letter we have received. This letter comes packaged in leather (usually), 66 books, and a plot thicker than the best fiction book on this planet. Not only that, its protagonist is the One that saves the world through His own death and resurrection.
His love reaches down through the pages of ages and flows to the hearts of every person who reads and believes in His words. The one who accepts His gift and treasures it always.
Does a book get any more romantic than that? A man that dies for all mankind to save them. I think not.
I admit, I’m not a romance reader or watcher unless it happens to be the subplot of the story or movie. However, this love letter—this book—is my favorite read of all time.
And while I’m talking about my favorite things, here’s one of my favorite quotes:
“I asked Jesus, “How much do you love me?” and Jesus said,
“This much” then He stretched out His arms and died.”
Are you wondering how much God really loves you? Are you struggling with feeling loved and wanted? Do you need assurance that someone out there really cares about you and loves you?
Go open His love letter to you. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish but have everlasting life.” Or maybe find 1 John 4:19, “We love Him because He first loved us.”
From My Heart to Yours,