I ran across this poem tonight:

I love you not only for what you are,
but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself,
but for what you are making of me.
I love you for that part of me you bring out.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I doubt seriously the author was thinking of Jesus when she penned it but it made me think of Him, with a few modifications.

He loves us in spite of who we are and what we’ve done. We love Him for what He is doing in and through us. And we love Him most for what He did for us.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Meet Me in the Stairwell

I received this from a friend.  I’d never seen this before but thought it was a great piece to share on this day.


You say you will never forget where you were when
You heard the news On September 11, 2001.
Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room
With a man who called his wife to say ‘Good-Bye.’ I
Held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the
Peace to say, ‘Honey, I am not going to make it, but it
Is OK..I am ready to go.’

I was with his wife when he called as she fed
Breakfast to their children. I held her up as she
Tried to understand his words and as she realized
He wasn’t coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a
Woman cried out to Me for help. ‘I have been
Knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!’ I said.
‘Of course I will show you the way home – only
Believe in Me now.’

I was at the base of the building with the Priest
Ministering to the injured and devastated souls.
I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He
Heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat,
With every prayer. I was with the crew as they
Were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the
Believers there, comforting and assuring them that their
Faith has saved them.

I was in Texas , Virginia , California , Michigan , Afghanistan .
I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news.
Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew
Every name – though not all know Me. Some met Me
For the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath.
Some couldn’t hear Me calling to them through the
Smoke and flames; ‘Come to Me… This way… Take
My hand.’ Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me.
But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You
May not know why, but I do.. However, if you were
There in that explosive moment in time, would you have
Reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey
For you . But someday your journey will end. And I
Will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may
Be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are
‘ready to go.’

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.


John 17: 20-22

20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

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The ‘U’ in Jesus

I really liked this little piece.  It came to me via a friend in an email; I added only the verse at the end.


| Before  U were thought of or time had begun,
| God  stuck U in the name of His Son.
| And  each time U pray, you’ll see it’s true,
| You  can’t spell out JesUs and not include U.
| You’re  a pretty big part of His wonderful name,
| For  U, He was born; that’s why He came.
| And  His great love for U is the reason He died.
| It  even takes U to spell crUcified.
| Isn’t  it thrilling and splendidly grand
| He  rose from the dead, with U in His plan?
| The  stones split away, the gold trUmpet blew,
| and  this word resUrrection is spelled with a U.
| When  JesUs left earth at His Upward ascension,
| He  felt there was one thing He just had to  mention.
| “Go  into the world and tell them it’s true
| That  I love them all – Just like I love U.”
| So  many great people are spelled with a U,
| Don’t  they have a right to know JesUs too?
| It  all depends now on what U will do,
| He’d  like them to know,
| But  it all starts with U.
| Will  YOU pass it on.

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.