The Age of Love

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There’s a wide gap between Sue and me in more ways than one. But I don’t have this kind of friendship with anyone else—even the ones that are glued to me here in Nigeria— not like I do with Sue, who is thousands of miles away.

Do you think that is ordinary? Few people come into our lives and make everything shine, but she makes the whole world bright for me. When I was sad, she made me smile. When I was alone, she was there for me and has always been ever since.

She makes me feel strong enough to believe I don’t have an ordinary life and I can accomplish anything.

Sue said she doesn’t like getting older. But everyone has their own time, including the present generation. Life is just a phase and age is just a number.

Sue experienced the youthful age, but that’s not where the blessing is. She is more than blessed having seen life through every phase of it. In I Corinthians Chapter 13, Apostle Paul said, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am a man, I have put away childish things.” It’s a blessing to reach a ripe stage of life. But not everyone is graceful enough to enjoy it.

1 Corinthians Chapter 13 is the “love” chapter. It’s where Apostle Paul describes love and explains how important it is: “Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Maturity in years brings a greater capacity to love—to those who are open to it.

Love is the most healing force in the world, nothing goes deeper than love. It heals not only the body, not only the mind, but also the soul. This is what God’s love—expressed through Sue—has done for me. Someday faith and hope will no longer be needed, but love will remain.

My advice? When you start counting your blessings, put your age first.

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