Do You Have This Kind Of Love?
Fourteen years ago, I was in my room and somebody knocked. When I opened the door, I found a lady and her name was Susan. I didn't know much about her but we were classmates. She entered my room and
gave me an envelope and written on it was, "I love you with the Love of Christ"(1Jn:4:7-8). I opened the envelope and found a paid fees slip in my Name!
I don't remember well what I said to her but
I guess I thanked her. I didn't think deeply about it at that time though I kept the envelope till today.
When my Dad was hit by the second stroke last year October, I had scenarios that reminded me of Susan's envelope. Dad was unconscious in the Hospital when I met a lady who knew him but I didn't know her.
She had been coming to the Hospital with her son who had a bead in the ear and needed an operation. This lady had come several times and due to lack of money, she decided to sleep on the veranda of the
Hospital until the government wing worked on her son.
"At last they are going to work on my son" she exclaimed! That very afternoon she came to our room to say goodbye and I asked her whether her son was operated on yet. She replied, "Next Thursday. I don't
even have transportation to come back." she narrated.
I went straight to the Nurses to plead with them so that they could work on the boy. The mother had struggled so much to come to the Hospital moreover carrying another baby of nine months. The nurses
told me that her son was stubborn. I went to a private wing and pleaded with the Head of ENT who agreed to work on the boy for 150,000 Shillings. I paid and gave the receipt to the lady. She couldn't believe it!
My relatives in the hospital were furious. How could I waste money when I had to pay Millions for Dad's bills? All I remembered was Susan's Envelope.
Last week I was at home alone trying to carry Dad to his bed and I fell down. My Dad laughed it off either consciously or unconsciously. My tears dropped. "Am sorry Dad but I love you!" That was all I could say.
For sure I love Dad even at 80 years otherwise I would have given up on him like any other person. My husband and I are the only people so far who can stand his long time illness. My relatives and his
other children have demanded for him but we have said No. They feel that we have spent all the money yet they don't have hopes for his recovery.
We have paid up his bills, which are higher than our monthly earnings, but God has provided for us! We don't have any debt so far not even for school fees and we are positive about his recovery.
"I love you with the Love of Christ" reminds me that;
Love is Christ given.
Love is a blessing not a burden.
Love without expecting anything in return.
You don't need money to love but a big heart.
Be ready to sacrifice.
May God Bless You with un conditional Love.
--- Copyright © 2014 Justine Kyomuhendo
Justine Kyomuhendo works with the Uganda Revenue Authority. An author of Tough Decisions For Tough Times and How To Live Bright In Spite of Plight. Married with two children, she holds a bachelor of Business Administration from the Uganda Christian University and a postgraduate diploma in Public Administration and Management from the Uganda Management Institute. She made a choice at 6 years to be different and success is the only path she pursues.
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