Listening for love

By Rev. Ciela Ledbetter-Guckian

July 10, 2014

The first thing I hear on any given morning that I am visiting my daughter is the sound of a very small, happy and contented voice. It is my little grandson playing happily on the bed between his parents, learning the names of his toys, the sounds animals make or the parts of his body.

Between finding the dog or the circle in the toy crate, there is plenty of time for cuddles and hugs. This toddler has nothing to fear; he is surrounded by the faithful love of his parents.

He trusts them completely so he is free to learn and to reflect back to them the affection they have shown him. What a wonderful way to start the morning! I listen for these sounds of love every morning I awaken in their home and it reminds me of God’s love for us.

A number of years ago I started a practice of lying in bed for a few minutes as I awaken each morning. It is my time to listen for the love of God, think about all his wonderful gifts and blessings, reflect on his generous intentions toward me.

It has increased my peace and contentment considerably because I start each day reassured of God’s hesed (the Hebrew word for love that never-gives-up, a covenant love that never says die). This love is even greater than what my husband expresses when he say, “Forever, for always, no matter what.”

The person who wrote Psalm 143 must have had a similar routine.

He wrote: “Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for I put my trust in you.”

Like the Psalmist may we start our days basking in the love of our heavenly parent. We can be confident and relaxed as we go about our day because we remember his hesed, his forever love toward us. Listen for the love!

Rev. Ciela Ledbetter-Guckian is the Director of The Open Door, Chaplain of Hospice of the Miami Valley and part of the Xenia Association of Churches and Ministries and guest columnist.