Love One Another

by Melissa Henderson

A summer breeze gently swayed the flowers in ceramic pots back and forth. Yellow marigolds and red petunias wiggled as though chasing each other in the wind. It was a beautiful sight to behold as my husband and I walked to the front door of a nursing home.

As the automated door to the nursing home opened, we saw a group of people in the foyer. Some folks sat in wheelchairs while others relaxed on the couch. A few people were accompanied by family members or friends. Everyone enjoyed sitting close to the front door to see who would enter next.

The expressions on the faces of the residents varied from smiles to frowns. When a familiar face entered the building, joy filled the room.

I have had a connection with older people since I was a young girl. My parents taught me to show the love of Christ to everyone. Age didn’t matter. Show love to the young ones and the older ones. As God loves us, we must love each other.

As I came closer to a blind woman, I spoke first. “Hello, Ms. Effie. How are you today?” Her expression didn’t change. No smile, no frown.

A nurse’s aide walking past said, “Oh, she doesn’t see. She doesn’t hear you.”

I motioned for the aide to step aside with me. Speaking softly, I shared my thoughts. “Whether Ms. Effie can see is not the point. She can hear me and I can see her.”

The words my parents taught me and the Scripture from 1 Corinthians kept repeating in my thoughts. “Do everything in love.” I would show love to Ms. Effie and to the nurse’s aide taking care of her.

Walking back to the older woman, I spoke again. “Ms. Effie, I want you to know you look beautiful today.” Pausing, I took her hand in mine. “I’ll be going now. But, I want you to know you are loved.” Placing her wrinkled hand back on the crocheted blanket on her lap, I noticed a tear falling slowly down her cheek. I leaned in and gave her a soft hug.

Those scenarios happen often with the old and young. People are rushed, and at times forget to show love in the moment. A simple hello, a smile, and a spoken word can bring light and joy to everyone.

Jesus didn’t pass by anyone because they might not hear or see Him. Jesus took time to care for every person. When someone expressed a need, He was there. Jesus cared for the young and old. At the request of Mary and Martha, Jesus went to see Lazarus. We read of Jesus’s heartache when learning about Lazarus. “Jesus wept” (John 11:35 NIV).

When asked about the commandments, Jesus answered, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22: 36-39 NIV).

Throughout Scripture, God shows us how to care and love for one another. May we seek Him in every moment and show His love to everyone.

Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 NIV

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

Licky the Lizard by [Melissa Henderson, Mark Brayer]

About the author: Award-winning author Melissa Henderson writes inspirational messages laced with a bit of humor. With stories in books, magazines, devotionals and more, Melissa hopes to encourage readers. Melissa is the author of Licky the Lizard and Grumpy the Gator. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. Follow Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at http://www.melissaghenderson.com

Join the conversation: How have you shown the love of Christ to others?

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15 thoughts on “Love One Another

  1. So sweet, Melissa. The image of these precious souls waiting at the entrance for someone they knew just broke my heart. Some wait and never “see” that loved one. But, as you said, we have someone who waits to greet us all day, every day. Thanks for this reminder.

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  2. This makes me cry. You are such a beautiful person!!!! I love older people, and they are absolutely precious to me. You are so right: “Jesus didn’t pass by anyone because they might not hear or see Him. Jesus took time to care for every person.” We need to do the same.

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  3. Lovely message, Melissa. I enjoyed your story, especially hearing about Ms. Effie. To love like Jesus is our calling and to make sure everyone knows they are loved by us and Him is one of the greatest parts of kingdom work.

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