Love is Pain, Love is Joy
I love Disney. I mean, I really love Disney. As a kid, one of my favorite Disney films was Sleeping Beauty. I loved the artwork, the music, the three fairies, the daring rescue, the outfits...I could go on, and on. Watching it again recently, something new struck me: the love of the parents.
King Stephan and his queen made the difficult choice to send their daughter, and only child, away. I can't imagine the pain that must have caused. But they loved their daughter so much that they were willing to send her away in the hopes that she would have a better life. Their love for their daughter brought lots and lots of pain, but that pain made their reunion all the more sweet.
The same is true for God. He loved us so much that he was willing to send his son, and only child, away to Earth and to the cross. God wanted to give us all a better life and so he was willing to send his son in our place. But this choice makes the joy of Heaven that much greater. For both God and Aurora's parents, love is pain and it is joy.
But what about us today? What might we give up or lose knowing