Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"What Is Love, Biscuit?"

My grandchildren, Jack and Emma, love for me to read books to them.  In fact, I am thrilled my husband and I had the pleasure of taking them to the library for the first time.  They had been instructed before entering they could each check out one book.  They slowly walked along the rows of children's books, then they would each pull out a book, and in their little "library voice" whisper, "I want this one!"

As they continued down the row, they would put the book back and find another, again whispering, "I want this one!"  Finally, our selections were complete and we headed home.  They couldn't wait to pile up on the couch and have Grannie Frannie read to them their new treasures.

One of the books we have that they love to read is "Where is Love, Biscuit?"  Biscuit is a cute little dog featured in a series of "Biscuit" books. 

In our book, the little girl in the house points out to Biscuit all the places where she sees love.  She sees love in the blanket the cat shares with her kittens, in the crunchy cookies Daddy makes, in the sweaters Grandma knits, in the stories Momma reads at bedtime, and of course, in the hugs and kisses Biscuit gives.

To emphasize what the girl is speaking about, each page also has a textured place that the children can feel.  They love putting their little fingers on the soft blanket, or crunchy cookies, even though they have felt these things over and over again.

I love reading this book to Jack and Emma because I love impressing upon them that love isn't just a feeling, it is seen and expressed in actions.  Our love toward someone does nothing if there are no "feet" in it.  If there are no outward expressions of that love, can we really say it is love at all?

More importantly, the Scriptures tell us love is a Person.  "God is love," is not only a verse in Scripture, it is the essence of the entire book.  The living, breathing expression of that Love is the Lord Jesus, who "being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross," (Philippians 2:6-8).

Let us choose to make love, His love, the guiding essence of our lives and in honoring His words, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another," (John 13:34), remember to put "feet" on our love.

"My little children, let us not love in word, 
neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."
I John 3:18

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