Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Unconditional Love

Psalm 51: v. 1 NIV
"Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailling love;"

Today is Calliope's birthday! She is my toy poodle, she is 7 years old and she is spoiled rotten, but beautiful. I thank God for the blessing of having her in my life and for the joy that she has given us.

As I have sat in the recliner each morning to have my alone time with God and His word, she has been by my side. She sometimes beats me to the chair and sits, waiting. If I tarried longer than usual, she's even come and barked at me as if saying, "What's taking you so long."

She displays unconditional devotion with excitement when I'm coming home from work or in the way she waits for me at the top of the stairs at night. She doesn't care what I look like in the morning, how much money I make or who I am in the social realm. I don't have to put up a front or do anything special. She loves me, no matter what.

As I read God's word, she's a reminder of just one of the many blessings God has given and of the unconditional love He bestowed upon us at the cross. He knows us through and through, right down to the very sins that no one else sees or knows about. But He loves us anyway.

As we celebrate Easter, may we be reminded of the sacrifice of love that He gave us, not because we were worthy, but just because He loved us so much.

Romans 5: v. 8 NIV
"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."