Mornings just weren’t complete without Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans. My little preschool belly lay flat on the floor with my chin propped in my hands. With knees bent and feet swaying from side to side, my eyes stayed glued to our black and white TV eagerly waiting my favorite part – Lamb Chop. If you’re in your 50’s you know just what I’m talking about. If not, just know Big Bird could never hold a candle to Captain Kangaroo. Just sayin’!
Not long after the Captain said goodbye for the day, my second favorite part of the day was the chicken pot pie Mama would cook me for lunch. She was a pro at presenting it just the way I liked it. I’m not sure how long she had to practice, but she knew just how to get that delicacy out of that little tin and onto the plate upside down without the crust so much as cracking. We’d both sit at the kid-sized table with two matching chairs and talk and carry on like girlfriends. She didn’t have to do that – but she did. She didn’t have to make sure my days were so carefree that my feet could sway from side to side – but she did. She didn’t have to laugh at Lamb Chop – but she did. She learned to love me because her mama loved had loved her. I loved my little ones the same way and now my daughter is carrying on that legacy of love. No doubt, her children will find special ways to show love to their children.
Where did all this love originate? Well, I’m sure you know. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.” I know that’s the King James version of John 3:16, but that’s how I learned it when I sat at the kid-sized table.
It seems God puts a high premium on love; greater than faith and even hope. Paul says, “if I have 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.”
God didn’t have to love us, but He did. He didn’t have to send His Son to walk among the unloving, but He did. I think it’s time for me to invite a few others to God’s table so we can all carry on like friends with the One who loved us first. Maybe then, we can become His carefree children who allow our loving ways to sway from side to side while our mouths proclaim His goodness. Let’s leave a legacy of love because God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. (1 John 4:16-17)
Enjoy your Tuesday!