Autumn and Enduring Love
by Robert Kenneth Jones
“The love with which we lived our lives is the life of God within us. It is the divine, indestructible core of our being. This love not only will remain but will also bear fruit from generation to generation.” ~ Henri Nouwen
Autumn is a time when we think about our legacy.
We wonder what will be left behind. Accumulated possessions, money, wisdom and power seem to fade or disappear. Riches and prestige blow away as easily as dry sand in the wind. Love, we discover is the true and lasting heritage. That love endures beyond death and throughout eternity is an incomprehensible mystery. If there is abundant love, our children and grandchildren will bless us long after we are gone.
Love shown in times of trial and difficulty is never forgotten. The seeds of love continually grow, mature, reseed and are harvested. Moments of tenderness with one another, the extra phone call made, the assurances, and forgivenesses become treasured memories.
These seeds multiply in the gardens of life. They, like temporal sands are blown away by the winds but come to rest in some unsuspected place and take root. We come upon them on our journey and are delighted by the memories of love.
My family made their way from Pennsylvania and across the Northwest Territory in the early 1800’s with only an idea of where they would stop. Crossing into Illinois, they found a wonderful piece of land with a stream and an apple orchard planted by Johnny Appleseed. They stayed, prospered and raised generations of descendants.
Our mission in life is like that of Johnny Appleseed. We have the chance today to fill our bag with the seeds of love and scatter them wherever we go.
About the author
Robert Kenneth Jones is an innovator in the treatment of addiction and childhood abuse in a a career spanning over four decades. Bob worked with Dr. Corinne F. Gerwe as she developed her groundbreaking relapse prevention model.
His blog, An Elephant for Breakfast, testifies to the power of the human spirit to overcome the worst of life’s difficulties.
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Apple Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash