1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
The Ninety-Mile beach is a beautiful beach on the North island of New Zealand. Surrounded by dunes, flat sand and an active Tasman Sea, it attracts all kinds of people. However, it is far from being a safe place, especially if someone decides to swim in the sea, as did the grandson and granddaughter of a fisherman aged 55, that fatal day on Dec 29, 2009. Both of these kids encountered trouble while swimming. The current was too strong for them, and before they knew it they had swallowed a good quantity of saltwater.
Without hesitation, their grandfather jumped into the water to come to their rescue. A beach-goer was able to rescue the granddaughter, but the grandson was in real trouble as the current had him in its grip. The only thing the grandfather could do was to hold his grandson above the water, while his own head was underwater, waiting for a rescuer. After some tough minutes, the grandson was saved, but the grandfather didn't make it. He sacrificed his life for those he loved.
May we all learn from this grandfather about what love truly means. Let's take advantage of each day that has been given to us to exercise this love in its fullest vigor. Maybe we will wake up from our slumber and notice that the world around us hungers for pure selfless love!
What will we do about it?
Dear Lord, thank You for sacrificing Your life for us. Help our eyes be open to the world around us. May we wake up and notice those in need around us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.