How Much Do I Love Thee?
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How Much Do I Love Thee?

While lecturing this morning I made myself comfortable by sitting on the edge of the desk. This is not unusual so I was interested why my students started to snigger. Finally they pointed to my socks. They did not match. They were sure this was a sign of old age and creeping senility but I protested that it was a sign of love. I got up this morning before my wife and it was still fairly dark in the room. Not wanting to awaken her by turning on a light I got dressed in the dark. In the dark my socks looked like a pair.

I was reminded of a hymn I grew up singing. It is simply called, “I Love You” and the last line of the first stanza says, “But how much I love Thee my actions do show.” In Matthew 25 Jesus said, “I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”

When we love someone we do for them. Love shows. Loves does. Trying to hide love is like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube. Anyway why would we want to hide it?

Written by Roger Bothwell on October 22, 2003
Spring of Life, 901 Signorelli Circle, St. Helena, CA 94574