Today is Nov. 8 and while that day may not have a lot of meaning to you, let me tell you why it’s important to me. Nov. 8 is my late Grandmother’s birthday. She was awesome.
On Nov. 8, 2012 we got the call from our adoption agency that we were matched and expecting a daughter come February. Rob and I spoke with Reagan’s birth-mom on our way to the airport for our trip of a lifetime in CA and Kauai, HI. It was the last birthday my Grandmother would have here on earth…she never got to meet Reagan, but for years she said, “I hope I live long enough to meet your first baby, Anne-Marie!” She lived long enough for me to tell her she was on her way…but my Grandmother had terrible Alzheimer’s and I’m not sure she remembered, but every time I told her she got excited.
Today also marks seven months since Reagan’s crisis. Seven months ago, I didn’t think I could muster up enough of anything to get through this new direction our life was taking. And seven months in, I can say that God’s given us the measure of love needed to take care of Reagan, along with patience, understanding and the realization that we can do nothing apart from him.
The other day, I thought about the love verses. I’ve put them below so you can read them and the emphasis is mine:
The Greatest Gift
I Corinthians 13:1-13
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
While there’s not a verse in the Bible that specifically says, “love conquers all,” there are many verses that prove to that to be true.
“…overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us enough to die for us. For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.” – Romans 8:36-39
“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love makes up for many of your faults.” 1 Peter 4:8
God’s love had to be so great for him to come down from Heaven to Earth in human form and die for everyone. That is why love is the greatest. It is greater than faith. The guy on the cross next to Jesus didn’t have faith his whole life…but Jesus had incredible love. Jesus didn’t just die for good people, like his parents and cute babies…he died for thief’s, murderers and cheats. His love for us conquered all our sin, all our inadequacies; it conquered death. Love conquers all…death doesn’t have to have the final say anymore.
So, it got me thinking…if love conquered death, can love conquer our ailments here on earth? Is love more powerful than medicine? Is love like a healing ointment for your body? Could the love that Reagan feels from Rob and I and from everyone who sees her help to heal her?
Can love give her the ability to do this?
Can not only the prayers, but the sincere love from us, from God…help her continue to thrive? I think yes. I think love is really more powerful than all of the medications she’s on. If love conquered death then love conquered all. And our love for Reagan can help her brain heal. And our love for Reagan will continue to shape and mold her and help her overcome more than we can ever fathom. Love conquered all. Love conquers all. Love will always conquer all. It is the greatest gift we can give and it is the greatest gift we have ever received from God.