A Faithful Kind of Love

My new acquaintances and friends will not know this about me. I have written a lot of poems in the past, and till this day, I treasure these poems for they speak volumes on how I feel about a certain person, or how I react to life’s circumstances. So I dug up my memoirs, and lo and behold, I found my gems of poetry!

HPIM1453Here’s the first poem I’d like to share with all of you, in keeping with the Valentine season. Surprisingly, I wrote this on February 13, 2002. Wow! That’s 12 years ago already!

So here goes. I hope you will be blessed my dear readers. 🙂

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A FAITHFUL KIND OF LOVE

By Leah-lyn E. Albano

I have done so many wrongs.

I have fallen many times over.

Each time I look unto His face,

I see His eyes still lovingly looking back at me.

 

I made a lot of mistakes.

I have failed Him time and again.

Each time I moved my hand away from Him,

He pulls me back and puts His arms around me.

 

I nurtured unkind thoughts.

I uttered unkind words.

Each time I hide away from His presence,

He calls me by my name and still lovingly years for me.

 

Who am I to deserve

This faithful kind of love?

What worth do I have

To receive this love so sweet?

 

His love is higher than the heavens.

Who can reach its heights?

His love is deeper than the seas.

Who can reach its depths?

 

I have nothing to give

But my whole life to Him.

Yes, a faithful kind love.

That’s what He has given me.

 

February 13, 2002

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May you all discover and experience God’s faithful kind of love!

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An Unusual Valentine’s Day

HPIM0413Almost a year ago, I did not spend my Valentine’s Day the usual way. My husband is not here in the Philippines, hence, no celebration of sorts. I was just expecting a phone call from him and I would be content with that already. Little did I know that something else was about to happen.

February 13, 2013. My dad woke me up and just told me to get up immediately and to accompany him to the hospital. My mom had a car accident, I would later know. I did not ask how bad it was. All I knew in my heart was that everything would be okay. I know that God is on our side and He is the greatest Healer.

February 14, 2013. When everyone else was frantic about how they will celebrate Valentine’s Day with their special someone, I was on the phone telling my husband what happened to my mom. She needed to be operated on to fix the broken bone on her left arm. Her left leg was to be fixed too by the surgeon.

February 15, 2013. While my friends were greeting me a Happy Valentine’s Day, there I was telling them to pray for my mom’s successful operation this day. By God’s grace, everything went well. It was my mom’s recovery that became our great ordeal. We hired a nurse to care for her and a therapist to help strengthen her legs and arms again. When she was well enough, I took over as the role of her nurse and caregiver.

Fast forward to February 11, 2014. Till this day, she still undergoes  once a week therapy. Thankfully, she has regained her strength all over again and is now more functional in her day-to-day life. We celebrated her miracle of second life this Valentine’s season. It was indeed a year filled with God’s love, healing grace and provision.

Valentine’s should not only be about love for your husband or special someone. Valentine’s is also about love for your mom and most especially about the all-encompassing love of God for all of us.

Happy Hearts everyone! ❤