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Love is the same in every language

Prema means love in Telugu. I do not speak Telugu but in the three days I’ve spent here in Rajahmundry, India I’ve come to see that the language of love is universal. Jesus knew this well when he said, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

I was able to speak the universal language of love yesterday as we painted the nails of the elderly at the Agape Old Age Home. They spoke it back to us with smiles and laughter. I saw it as we massaged their arms and hands with lotion and they responded with expressions of relaxation and thankfulness. I was reminded of the powerful example Jesus set for us of love, when He washed the disciples feet.

The joy that the children and orphans who live here get from the simplest acts of love is astounding. This morning we walked all the kids to school. The whole twenty minute walk we held hands and enjoyed each other’s company. Then we hugged them and sent them off to school with love. This simple act of love is something I do for my own children daily. These kids don’t get that very often but today they were overjoyed to have it. When their school day ended a little boy named Rajesh came running out of the school and ran right into Jay’s arms for a hug! He was delighted to have his new friend there to walk him home from school.

The people here are so easy to love because they love us so easily. No matter what language you speak or where you live we all want to love and be loved. For this week, we get the gift of loving and receiving love here in this special place called CEM! A place where they are providing food, shelter, clothing and education to those that otherwise would be without.

“We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:19

As the kids here like to say, ” Jesus loves me, Jesus loves you. So, I love you.”

Natalie and Jay Richardson

4 Responses to “Love is the same in every language”

  • What a blessing you are being to these people….and they to you. I am so happy for you. Enjoy every minute.

  • Thank you so much for sharing!! I can’t wait to hear more about the your amazing experiences there. Love you guys!!

  • This is so amazing Jay and Natalie! I can’t wait to hear more stories and see pictures when you get home!

  • Jay and Natalie- you two are simply amazing people with hearts full of so much love to give others-especially now!!!! I cannot wait to hear all about your journey there!!!!! What memories you will make and how many more lives you will touch!!! Sending my love!!!