Tuesday, August 7, 2012

What does love look like?

Love isn't always pretty on the outside.


Sometimes love wears work boots.
It has rough hands and sweat stains.

It shows up and does what you can't do alone.


Love comes alongside and wields a saw when you don't have the skill to do it yourself.


It quietly comes in,
marking and measuring things of the heart as well as the job at hand.


Like the old-fashioned barn raisings of yesteryear,
neighbor love wears plain clothes and simply shows up to offer a helping hand.

What would we do without this kind of love?


The job that looked impossible is finished. 

The laughter is but a memory; the friends have gone home.

And I am left to hope that I, too, show this kind of love.
Love in work boots.
Hands-dirty love.

The real thing.

5 comments:

Jeri Landers said...

Sharon, that IS a special kind of love. Bless em!

Sharyn Sowell said...

Donna said...

Thank you Sharyn, I'm always lifted up by your posts. I look forward to them.

Sharyn Sowell said...

Vickie said...

Sharyn,

I loved your blog today and wanted to share it, so I sent it to some friends and relatives. This is the reply I received from one of my cousin and I wanted to share it with you. You might just get a lot of replies with similar stories of neighborly love.

Vickie

Mrs. Santos said...

I experienced this kind of love when friends and neighbors helped watch my children. I had to leave them for a month while I cared for my dying mom a couple states away.

I was indeed blessed by their love.

Sharyn Sowell said...

Bev said...

Hi Sharyn,
I think you have a special gift to touch peoples' hearts. What does love look like? You figured it out & wrote in a beautiful way. It teared me up & tugged at the strings of my heart. Sometimes we feel unloved but we are LOVED more than we know.
Hope all of your painting is coming along!
Bev :)