Allison and Russell Sharing a Magical Moment in 1997
1 John 4:8 NIV
"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."
It's a snapshot, one of dozens I took when Allison was a baby hardly old enough to crawl.
It's faded now. The events surrounding the moment are even fainter memories, but the photo is tangible evidence of an inseparable bond between brother and sister.
She is sprawled full-length on her belly, head raised and tilited sideways. Her mouth agape in a quizzical expression trying to discern meaning from nonsense. Totally enthralled by her big brother, making funny faces and playing with one of her favorite toys, had she the power of speech, she might have asked, "Bubby, why are you so silly?"
Silliness and laughter and love. God is love. Our family has love. God is a part of the fabric of our lives.
We aren't perfect, and we don't always do or say the right or best things. We have fits of anger and frustration and tears at times, but the fabric of our existence has always been our love for each other.
Life is filled with lovely magical moments like these.
On this 11th Anniversary of a despicable act of hatred and evil, it's nice to remember Love will conquer all in the end.
Help me Lord to always remember your love underscores and fills my life.