A family reunion made me appreciate the legacy of love of my adopted grandparents. We listened to a 1972 interview of my great-grandmother as she talked about her life in Oklahoma circa 1918. I listened to my dad and his three brothers play ukulele and serenade my grandmother. As the life my grandparents had built was being freely shared with me, I had an overwhelming sense of how blessed I was to have been adopted into their family.  

My grandparents love reminded me of God’s love because they constantly share the gift of their lives without expectation of anything in return. They exhibit the kind of love that says: “It doesn’t matter where you come from, because now you are with us. You are our family and this is your heritage and where you belong.” It’s not because of who I am that I feel loved and like I belong; it’s because of who they are and what they have done. What an amazing lesson in grace! The Bible says: 

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)

How do people KNOW they are the children of God? They likely WON’T unless they see and feel us loving them like family. We must give love with no expectation of receiving like my grandparents did. They inspire me to love others in a way that they also experience the arms of God’s great love.

God loves us because of Who He is, not because of who we are!

Thank you, Grandma Sara and Grandpa John, for inspiring me to more deeply know God’s great love! 

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