For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Ain't love grand?
That's what I thought when I read an article carried on Canada's CNEWS last week.
The story told of how Jeff Skulmoski, who lives near Regina, wanted to do something special for Jeannie Thompson, his present girlfriend and his future bride.
First comes love; then comes marriage. At least that's the way Jeff had their future figured out.
But how to ask her? That was the question. How can a young man be certain of maximizing the "yes" and minimizing the possibility for "no" when it comes to marriage proposals?
Jeff finally figured it out. He hitched his cultivator to his tractor and took out across his already harvested canola field. Five hours later, his job was do - almost.
Soon after, Jeff and Jeannie were taken flying by a friend who owns a plane. From the air Jeannie spotted Jeff's question. With letters more than 72-feet high, Jeff had spelled out the question: Jeannie Will You Marry Me?
Jeannie was so surprised she didn't say a word. Eventually, Jeff ended up asking her anyway.
To make a long story short, she said "yes," and they're getting hitched next April.
I guess there are all kinds of ways to tell a person they are loved. Jeff did it with giant words carved into the Saskatchewan dirt of his farm.
Our Father in heaven showed us His love by allowing His Son to be cut by hateful human hearts. Look at the cuts Jesus endured: the slap in His face; the crowning with thorns; the pain of the whip, the insult of someone's spittle dripping down His face; the nails piercing His hands and feet; the Roman spear shoved into His side to guarantee His death.
Look at the Savior on the cross and the Lord spells it out, plain and clear, in words of incomprehensible love: "I love you and wish to forgive and save you." Look upon the cross, peer into the empty tomb, and then believe: God loved the world so much He gave His Son to save us.
THE PRAYER: Dear Father, we love because You first loved us. For bringing us to Jesus' cross and empty tomb may we give thanks. Especially in those places, do we see Your caring side. Now may I go out and reflect what I have received from Jesus, my Friend, my Savior, my Lord. In His Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries