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Janice kisses Me

This was my Pause For Thought on Vanessa (BBC Radio 2) for February 11th 2020... The theme was LOVE... for Valentine's week...)

 

A few years ago, my wife Janice had a dream. She was about to marry someone else but… I arrived to try to change her mind. 

As she surveyed how her husband to be and I were setting up the Church for the weddings she realised that there was a distinct difference.

The other guy had set up the room with pictures of himself.. BUT I had set it up with photographs of Janice. 

She quickly realised that one wedding was all about him and the other was more about her. She concluded that he rather loved himself but I loved her. She chose me. Phew!

I am glad that Janice should have such a dream… but I … and she wishes that I was the selfless man in her dreams.

I have used Janice’s dream in sermons. It is a prefect illustration of why I feel blessed to have God in my life. It seems to me that every other seeker of my love and attention is setting up the room for themselves. Politicians wanted my vote with their faces all over everywhere. Businesses seeking my money with their product all over everywhere. The world seems to be all about photos of themselves.

When I read the Bible however I see my photo all over God’s intentions. His love was for me. Jesus was born and lived and sacrificed his life because he loved me. As I read about Jesus I see the faces, not of Jesus himself but of lepers, tax collectors, prostitutes and even oppressive Roman soldiers. God sets up the room for us. That is the love I long for.

I wish I could leave this Pause for Thought there but Janice’s dream still haunts me. As I set up all the rooms I will be in today whose photograph am I setting up… mine or those I go to meet? Even in our marriage this Valentine’s week. My photo or Janice’s? As in Janice’s dream, whoever’s photos I set up will make all the difference.

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