Legacy of Love, Part 4
The Beauty of Love
Sometimes it is impossible to see the beauty that love is providing. When Casper Ten Boom died shortly after his capture it was probably hard to see all the good he was doing. Some of it yes, all of it, probably not. When Casper’s son Willem Ten Boom lay dying from Spinal Tuberculosis he had contracted while a prisoner I’m not sure he could see all the good he’d done. When Willem’s son Christian died in a Nazi concentration camp it may not have been readily apparent the good he’d done. And as Corrie Ten Boom watched her sister become more and more frail and eventually die in prison for helping Jews, it was probably hard to see all the good their love had done. But love has its results. Love leaves its beauty behind.
I finally realized that I must do my schoolwork to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that’s what I want! I know I can write …, but it remains to be seen whether I really have talent …
And if I don’t have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself. But I want to achieve more than that. I can’t imagine living like Mother, Mrs. van Daan and all the women who go about their work and are then forgotten. I need to have something besides a husband and children to devote myself to! …
I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I’m so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s inside me!
When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that’s a big question, will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer? — Anne Frank
I doubt Barbara Ledermann (A family friend of Anne Frank) imagined the effect her work for the Jews would do while she was running scared through the streets of Amsterdam. But it was what she had to do. It’s true, Anne Frank did not survive the Holocaust. She was captured and eventually died in a concentration camp along with millions of other Jews. But before being captured she and her family had been housed by people willing to sacrifice everything to love people they probably didn’t even know. There were many people who let Jews into their homes during Holland’s Nazi occupation. And I can’t tell you whether there was any connection between the Ten Booms, Barbara Ledermann and the people who housed Anne Frank. But what I can say is that their decision to live and die for love made a difference. Without those people this world I know would be a lesser place. We would know no diary of Anne Frank. Perhaps Barbara Ledermann’s future husband Martin Rodbell would not have won a Nobel Peace Prize. Perhaps…
What you’re doing today to simply share love may not be showing any reward you can see. Maybe you’ll never see the reward. Maybe it will be after you die that someone you knew, loved, or raised will change the world because of your influential love. No one can say for certain what the effects of your love will be but God. But here’s what God has to say about love.
When asked, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:36-40 (ESV) When God created us He created something beautiful, and I can’t help believing that He gave us love as a tool to sustain the that beauty. Are we sustaining His beauty in our lives? And what are we leaving behind? This I can guarantee, love will leave the greatest legacy.
Leave a Legacy,
Quote from Anne Frank is taken from:
Marcuse, Harold (7 August 2002). “Lessons from The Diary of Anne Frank”. history.ucsb.edu. University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved 17 April 2012.