Last week marked my 37th birthday. Those who know me well know that my birthday can be a difficult day for me, because I have not always felt celebrated on my special day. Knowing this, David has always made a point to really communicate love to me in unique and special ways on my birthday, and this year was no exception. He really went all out. He arranged for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, invited some of our friends and family, and he even ordered and picked up gluten free carrot cake cupcakes for all. Really, if that were all he did I would have been blown away, but there was more. Not long after I arrived and settled in to my chair, a woman approached us from behind carrying balloons, a dozen roses and the ability to carry a tune. As she placed the roses in my arms she explained that she had been asked to sing a Birthday Gram to me… And then, in front of all who could see and hear, she began to belt out, ‘Because You Loved Me’, By Celine Dion; which is our wedding song. The restaurant came to a stand still as all eyes and ears were on her and as she wrapped up – spontaneous applause broke out from everywhere, and I felt like the most loved woman in the entire world.
I didn’t want to lose it in the restaurant, so I choked back the tears, but the truth is I was powerfully moved by David’s lavish display of love. Those in the restaurant were clearly moved as well. I believe it’s because love strikes a chord in the hearts of everyone. We all desire to be loved and valued; it is one of our deepest needs. And there is one who can answer that heart’s cry in all of us, and almost 2000 years ago he gave extravagantly – a precious, priceless gift for each and every one of us.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son for us; that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Tying in with that, Romans 8:32 says, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
Isn’t it wonderful to know God loves each of us so deeply that he put his love on display in such a powerful way? And just as it says in Romans 8:32, he wants to graciously give us all things. He wants to meet not just some, not just a few, but all of our needs. So, if you have a need today, I would love to encourage you to bring it to the one who loves you lavishly and wants to meet you in your place(s) of need. He is able!!
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