love begets love....and hate....

love begets love... 

hate begets hate.. 

(a wonderful book that i read recently called Secret Power by Dwight Lyman Moody, talked about this...loving and hating.  he talked about giving love and living love. he got me thinking about this in a different way.) 

i had a beautiful day today with members of my family in pittsburgh.  

(my mom and dad moved their family here when i was 9 years old.  my grandparents and aunts & uncles all yet reside in pitt.) 

i have always had this aunt...aunt marie, who was the epitome of love. 

she gave, ate, breathed, talked, walked, sang and danced love every day to everyone.  

her and her husband, my uncle bud, who is my grandmother's only brother, moved to alabama from pitt, in the late 70's. 

this meant, i saw marie and bud only a few times a year when they would come to visit.  

a few times a year, and that was enough to know marie's love and to bounce on all the love that she had drowned you in until you saw her again. 

young or old, bad or good, rich or poor, and ESPECIALLY if you were a child, marie would fly in and tell you all the special things she saw only in YOU!  

how wonderful and beautiful and full of purpose you were...

how blessed i am that this woman loved...loves me!

 

i said good-bye to my aunt marie today.  

i spent the day at her feet, sitting by her side and holding her hand.  

dementia has all but overtaken her beautiful and loving mind....but not her soul! 

this beautiful woman, true to her core, bathed me in love and compliments all day long.   

at times she would forget me. 

at times she would forget her. 

there were times she would cry.  

her lip would quiver, and i would grab her hand and tell her that it was ok to cry...

that i thought she was beautiful...that her God has been so faithful... 

and she would shake her head up and down, and smile... 

and she would start giving the love once again. 

 

love begets love... 

it's not the end she would have prayed for. 

it's not the way she would have prepared herself for....but see she HAD! 

love begets love... 

her family from alabama to pittsburgh to dubois sat with her and treasured this day with her!

her husband and daughters surround her with care and love and acceptance and patience! 

her heavenly father that she has served and loved and has walked with, lives in her soul, and pours his love to her every need, feeling or care...

love begets love... 

until the very end.   

 

 

 

my aunt marie, uncle bud, and their daughter...loreen, the first on the left.  taken last year at my grandmother's 85th birthday surprise!

my aunt marie, uncle bud, and their daughter...loreen, the first on the left.  taken last year at my grandmother's 85th birthday surprise!