This may be the strangest post you read all month. With Valentine’s Day coming, I am sure you are thinking it is about Valentine’s day, but it’s not.
Six years ago today my old son was born. We named him Jedadiah before he was born, after one of the rebuilders of the temple wall in the book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament prophets. In retrospect, I think I named him Jedadiah because I believe God has called me to be a rebuilder – to help people rebuild their lives.
I’ve written about how Jed died the next day before, but today I want to concentrate on love. On how with Jed’s heart problem he could have died before he was born, but he wanted so much to live with us. That’s love.
Or his big sister, who is 12 now, and more beautiful every day, and how thrilled she was when he stuck his tongue out at her – we couldn’t touch him because he was sick – and how she asked, when she heard Jed died, “Did Jesus float him up to heaven?”. And I thought for a moment and said, why yes, I think He did. Simple faith, simple love. And Jed was so sick, I think perhaps sticking his tongue out was love, because that was all he could do.
And how two years later, we opened our heart to love and had a baby girl. She will be four on Friday. And I made the mistake of trying to explain to her that she has a brother, and she decided my good friend’s son is her brother! That’s love too.
Love is far more than a holiday, flowers, and romance. Love is daring to dream by opening your heart to that foster child you’ve dreamed of adopting, sponsoring a newcomer – daring to dream that God can use you.
Love is finding yourself a coach or a therapist or a sponsor– loving yourself enough to dare to dream that things can be different. And love is also daring to believe that God really does exist and that He loves and cares for you.
I am Sally and I am a recovery coach, mother, and so much more. I help people harness their own creativity for sobriety. I have a deeply eclectic background and harness my own love for music and art, my background as a deeply contemplative theologian, a love for the 12 steps, and PhD level studies in counseling, particularly in attachment theory, to help you reclaim that passion. Then, using my business background, I help you turn that passion into a sustainable business. Read more about me and my coaching practice here.