pure-loveAsk iSissy1 and iSissy2 about how often I read a newspaper and they would say, “NEVER”.  Yet this week I found myself reading an article about a murder from 2008 that is still open and under new investigation – primarily because there are new detectives looking into it.  But what struck me was a letter that the young man had at some point written to his mother.  The mother said, “My son had trouble, but also had a desire to change.  He was working on that at the time of his death.”  She shared the letter that the newspaper chose to print – in its entirety.  It is a life lesson – a lesson in how to treat people –  not only a son or daughter, but anyone you have a bond with or want to have a close relationship with.

iSissies, read slowly.  Feel the love.

Love I Corin 13.13“The bond between mother and son is forever. The bond between mother and son is a special one. It remains unchanged by time or distance. It is the purest love, unconditional and true.  It is understanding of any situation and forgiving of any mistakes. The bond between mother and son creates a support that is constant while everything else changes. It is friendship based on mutual love, respect and genuine liking of each other as a person. It is knowing that no matter where you go or who you are, there is someone who truly loves you and is always there to support you when a situation seems impossible. You make it through together by holding onto each other.

The bond between mother and son is strong enough to withstand harsh words and hurt feelings for it is smart enough to always see the love beyond the words. It is brave enough to always speak the truth even when lies would be easier.  It is always there, any time, anywhere whenever it is needed.  It is a gift held in the heart and in the soul, and it cannot be taken away or exchanged for another.  To possess this love is a treasure that makes life much more valuable.

I love you, Mom. With all my heart, Cory.”

Written by Cory Bodily to his mother

Dear iSissies, let us love someone that may not deserve it.  Someone who has made mistakes.  While we wrestle with ourselves sometimes on what to say or how to act or what to do, just remember that love never fails.  (I Corinthians 13:8)