Greetings  and happy Friday!

Today is all about love. When most of us think about Valentine’s Day, we are reminded of romance, but sometimes the strongest love is between a parent and child, two friends, or in the case of this week’s recipient story: love between siblings.

Alfred, 71 years old and living in Zambia, is a father of sixteen children and works as a tailor. His sister, Malia, is 74 years old and has one child who lives nine hours away. This brother and sister duo has supported each other their entire lives. Since 1968 when her husband passed away, Alfred began taking care of his older sister as her primary caregiver. As children, the siblings each contracted leprosy, and while Alfred still has use of his hands and legs, his sister has been left unable to walk and is now blind. They were each so thrilled to receive the news that Malia would be receiving a wheelchair. On the day of the distribution, Alfred pushed his sister in a wheelbarrow, her only mode of mobility for decades. With her new wheelchair, Malia will be able to face the world with the dignity she deserves.

Alfred and Malia are the epitome of Valentine’s Day to me. There is nothing sweeter than hearing a story of siblings who love each other so much that one would care for the other for over 45 years!

I think the Apostle Paul said it best:

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

On this day celebrating love,

Don Schoendorfer

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