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How quickly time goes and now we are into the New Year.

Editor’s Note: In a nod to our Presbyterian heritage, we regularly feature a column from a PMMA® chaplain in our newsletter. This month’s column comes from Rev. Bob Webb, chaplain at Farmington Presbyterian Manor®.

How quickly time goes and now we are into the New Year.

The stores have put away Christmas and New Year’s gifts and we’re already in February, the month of love.

The problem with holidays is if we aren't careful we become "holiday people" and miss the reason for the celebration and its personal meaning to us. When I think of February, it's the month of valentines, candy, flowers and all the reminders of those who are special in our lives. As the activities department is busy helping our residents to remind them of how special you are to all of us who work and love you, my thought of love is not one we have one time a year but something we all need to learn to cultivate each day of our life.

When I think of love I am reminded who it is that loves each of us so very much and shows us that love, not just once a year but day in and day out. That one is God who loves each one of us, no matter what goes on. Even when I forget Him He remembers me and loves me. God's Word tells us in First Corinthians Chapter 13 what true love is all about. For time wise I will not share it all, but I am instructed that love suffereth long, and is kind, love envieth not, love (or charity, as the word reads,) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. Then God closes this great chapter of what love is and what it is not, with these words; “And now abideth faith, hope and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity" (or as we know it, "love").

I am thankful to be a part of an organization that has this for their foundation. As chaplain, I get to meet people and staff who through this love help so many others. Whether it's in the kitchen, housekeeping, nursing, or wherever, I see people who love others. As chaplain, I see the residents who show me love just in the kind visits we have or in a word of prayer. I see love is not something limited. Love is available for all to receive and to give. As I spend time with all our wonderful residents and all of our staff it is good to see love still abounds and, of course, the greatest love is the love of God in which He sets the example for us through his son Jesus Christ.

Folks, may love not be a holiday, but may love become an everyday part of our lives, every day of the year. See, I have learned a lot about life and the things of life, but as I tell the residents when life changes or the staff when their life is turned upside down, circumstances change but God never changes and His love is always the same whatever we may face. I hope that this will help each of us to reconsider each day that there is something we all need, young and old, and it has no barrier and is something every one of us need, and that is love. As I realize love has no value or meaning until you learn to give that love to others.

While we celebrate with the cards, candy and valentines, may each of us share this gift to each other as God shared His gift of Christ to all of us, because His Word says, "He loved us before we loved him". In closing, remember things change, circumstances change but God's love is the key that never changes. I thank each of our great residents and all the great staff at PMMA for sharing something so special that will always be remembered and that is LOVE.

God bless you all.

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