I’m home from my recent travel to Texas. Visits with my sons in the past ten days have brought the feeling of cherish to light in my heart. Being in their presence reminded me that I don’t just love them, I cherish them.
Of course I cherish many more than my two sons. They were just the conduit for my heart to open wide enough to recognize cherish.
I’ve been thinking about cherish now that it popped into my heart and reminded me of the feeling. I know in my heart that cherish is a special love and care for someone. I just haven’t known it out loud.
Cherish is also to care for tenderly. And oh how I do so for my “formerly wild” kitty, Glory.
I looked to scripture today to see if I might glean something deeper about cherish.
“Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands”. Isaiah 49:16. Oh, isn’t that lovely? How could one not feel cherished?
In Jeremiah we hear, “The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness.” Loving kindness. Cherish.
So what to make of this afternoon’s contemplation?
I’ve certainly deepened my sense of being cherished by God.
And, too, I want – and intend – to develop the habit of telling those whom I cherish, I cherish YOU.