In his Easter sermon, the father analogized baptism and our faith to swimming. He talked about how much he loves swimming, but there was a time in his life when he was not so keen on jumping into the pool. When he was five or six he knew he needed to learn how to swim if he was going to be allowed into the neighbor’s backyard and pool. Some of the older neighborhood kids said they would teach him, but when it came time to learn, he was skeptical of some of their intentions and just knew that everything was not going to be okay as they suggested. So then his mother signed him up for swim school, and again, he was sure something horrible was going to happen if he jumped into the pool. Finally, after some careful convincing by a couple of the trainers there, he leaped into the pool, into their arms.
He said he loves swimming, because it makes him feel renewed and refreshed. Swimming is wonderful even with the challenges that may come at times. He went on to say that sometimes we just have to leap into the water and trust the good that is in it.
When he said that, I thought how true that is of love. Life and heartache teach us the challenges of love; but we shouldn’t let those challenges prevent us from leaping back into the water. If we allowed that, then we would miss out on all the good that love brings us. Even when our loved ones hurt us, it would be easy to allow our hearts to harden, but true strength comes in allowing love to live in our hearts even when it has been hurt.
This Easter Sunday, I remind you all to live in love, and act in love.
BIG LOVE & HUGS