God’s love always present

Joan Clayton

I watched the nurse who had much compassion. She had work to do as she completed her charts, writing with a pen. Yet she had time to hold an elderly man’s hand with her other hand. As she wrote her reports for a weary day, she never left his hand. The man held her hand against his face and smiled. I like to think he gave a kiss toward God.

Another couple was seated for lunch. The husband lovingly encouraged his wife to eat. The gentleman didn’t have to tell me they had 58 years of marriage. I saw it in his eyes. His devotion for his wife told me he must have sent a kiss to God.

My husband has been in rehab three weeks. The loving care and therapy has been wonderful. I will miss them all, and I will never stop giving kisses toward God for them.

God is love. We have special moments in our lives that move us to overwhelming joy. These heavenly moments bring a realization of God’s love for you and me. Let’s send a kiss to him for so many blessings.

We have so many things to be thankful for. God paints a sunrise with magnificence. His beautiful sunsets assure the world he’s still there.

I love the sounds of nature at dusk. If you listen closely, you can hear it, too. God’s lullaby of quiet stillness tells nature “good night.” Living at the edge of town brings a special blessing at twilight, and I like to think in the “holy hush,” God’s creatures are also giving a kiss toward God.

Hearing my husband pray is like heaven to me. The same is true of our three sons. I was so moved by one son’s prayer one Sunday my eyes flooded with tears. After church I greeted everyone with a hug. It wasn’t until I arrived home and looked in the mirror that I saw my tears had left black mascara vertical lines down my face, yet they were happy tears and kisses toward God.

I kiss my Bible. It is precious to me. It is a “lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).

The happiest people are those who receive each new day as a gift. Enjoying each day with gratitude is a kiss toward our Maker. Besides, cheerful people are like pain-relieving medicine. “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit” (Proverbs 15:13 NIV).

When you feel life is a battle, hope is still there. When you feel alone, Jesus is still there. When the last breath ends, love is still there. This life isn’t over until God says it’s over. He is the hope, the refuge, the everlasting One. With God, “all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26).

The world with its trials is not my permanent home. I’m just a temporary occupant.

So I want to make every day count and trust in his loving care.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every thing, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV).

Send a kiss toward God today.


Portales resident Joan Clayton is a retired teacher and published author. Her e-mail address is: joan@yucca.net