I remember my father playing this song on the radio as he painted our upstairs bedrooms, which used to be the attic until he converted it–with his own hands.
Cindy, Oh Cindy–I was seven years old when this was popular and I was watching Daddy paint the walls. This version is by Vince Martin and the Tarriers. There are others.
I can’t hear it without thinking of my father–and missing him. He went to sea when he was little more than a boy, joined the Navy to fight in World War II. I’m sure this song made him recall those days.
If I could impart just one lesson to the relatively young, it would be this: There will come a time in your life when you’re losing more people than you gain; so with your family, with your friends, love ’em while you’ve got ’em. You come into the world as the youngest member of your family; and some of us live to see themselves the oldest member of their family.
Love with all your heart. It’s not like money, you don’t run out of it by spending it. God doesn’t let that happen. Love without stinting. You’ll never be sorry you did.
One of my pleasures in the summer is to sit outside with a pipe, in the evening, and watch the lightning bugs. That’s something to be added to the listen of things that God thought of when He was creating the world, but which we never would have thought of, had we been creating it.
Snapping turtles have a reputation for being ornery; but check out this 40-pounder having a cozy time with his owner. The turtle is, in short, a pet. And far from biting your fingers off, he likes getting petted.
I’ve always found snappers among the easiest turtles to tame. Although they are water turtles, they’re pretty much at home on land, too. So you can let them stroll around.
The point is: almost all animals respond to love, gentleness, and affection. Even some of the animals that you look at and say, “Oh, no way!”
This is an aspect of God’s creation–a distinguishing mark of His handiwork.
One of my very earliest memories is of my father carrying me in his arms and singing to me–probably because I woke of squawking in the middle of the night. Usually he sang “You Are My Sunshine,” and sometimes “Sweet Violets.” Oh, how dearly I remember that! And this video reminded me of it.
Our Heavenly Father loves us just as much, and He will re-unite us with those who loved us here on earth. I look forward to hearing Daddy’s song again. And I pray he knows that I remember it.
Of all the uncounted multitude of gods worshiped by human beings over thousands of years, only of our God was it ever said, “God is love.” No one ever said “Zeus is love” or “Marduk is love” or “Quetzalcoatl is love,” but only “God is love”–our God, who made the heavens and the earth.
When you try to absorb this, it’s overwhelming. God really is love. He has infused His entire creation with it.
Birds and animals know this! Even in a fallen world, they know it. Whatever will it be like, when God regenerates His whole creation, free of death and sin? Will it be only animals and people who leap for joy, or will the very hills dance, and the stars sing?
We are not yet equipped even to imagine it. But someday we will be.
“Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God. Therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not./ Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be. But we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.” –I John 3:1-2
A lawyer asked Jesus, “What is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus answered, “To love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. And the second is like the first–to love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:35-39)
Love? Think about that. God is love, wrote St. John. And God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, says the gospel (John 3:16). And the Lord loves you, Moses told the children of Israel (Deuteronomy 23:5).
Over many centuries, mankind has invented many, many gods; who can count them? But no one ever said, “Zeus is love.” Amun-Ra never expressed the slightest desire to be loved by the Egyptians, nor did his priests ever hint to the worshipers that Ra loved them. They would have thought any priest was crazy, if he said a thing like that.
Those things that are said about our God, the God revealed to us in both testaments of the Bible, those things about love–they have never been said of any God but ours. To say them about Marduk or Hercules or Quetzalcoatl would be absurd.
To say them about the State, the secular humanist god, would just be daft.
Our God loves us. The false gods don’t.
But then our God is real, and those others aren’t. Not a single one of them.
Walk in God’s love, and find faith. Walk in faith, and find God’s love.