Look who came to visit this weekend! My younger brother, Johnny, and his girlfriend, Victoria! This was the first time Johnny brought Victoria home so it was a pretty big deal. I had the pleasure of meeting Victoria back in January when I flew home from Saskatchewan and was stranded in Vancouver overnight. John John's apartment proved to be a convenient landing pad and when Victoria joined us the next morning, the two of them were excellent tour guides.
We decided [OK, Victoria and I decided] to take advantage of them being here so we did some documenting in the back yard; the red currant made for a beautiful backdrop. This is what happened in fifteen minutes.
This is also what happened - classically my family. You fit right in, Victoria!
Thanks John John and Victoria! It was fun having you here this weekend and getting to capture you two and your quirkiness!
"I am crushed… by the magnitude of my dad's love for me." That is how K.J. began the eulogy for his father this past Saturday. Such weighted beautiful words from a guy who is younger than me. I cannot imagine being in his shoes.
What if we realized this fully when it comes to God’s love for us and the joy He gives? This is something I am still trying to grasp. How a father loves his child here on earth is just the faintest reflection of how much our heavenly Father truly loves us. His love is perfect, unending and never-failing. As Philip Yancey says, “There is nothing we can do to make God love us more; there is nothing we can do to make God love us less.” His love is steadfast.
God chooses to love us; He chooses to love me, despite my faults, failures, tiny faith and daily sins. God’s love is so great, so unfathomable. He forgives me every time I turn back to Him and repent. I don’t deserve this love. It is a gift; a perfect gift. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” - James 1:17 NIV
God is love. And love gives. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 NIV
If you base your joy on something other than God, something corporal, how long do you think that will last? How long will that fully satisfy you with unspeakable joy? God is eternal and our everlasting fount of endless joy.
I am not perfect. I am still learning to find my greatest joy in God – in serving Him, loving Him and obeying Him. I am still trying to grasp how much He loves; how much He loves even me.
Hi! I'm Maria Cappelle [née Wilde]. I live, work, play and follow Jesus with my husband, Tim, in the quaint prairie town of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan.