And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." (John 21:17 NRSV)
Bob Wallace was always a loving child. Once, when Bob was ten, he used one finger to laboriously type this message for his mother, Joanne: "Thankyou Mother. Thankyou Mother For Loving Me; Thankyou Mother For Caring for Me; Thankyou Mother For Your Care & Kindness, Even When You [Are Busy]; I Love You!" Needless to stay, Joanne still has that beautiful compliment tucked away in her memory book.
After he was about fourteen, Bob stopped telling Joanne he loved her. Instead he would say, "Oh, Mom, you sure look pretty." He would even give her such compliments at 7:00 a.m., as she stumbled sleepily around the kitchen making breakfast. Finally one morning Joanne stated, "I do not look pretty." "Don't you realize, Mom," explained Bob, "that when I say those things, it's just like saying 'I love you'?" Bob had reached the age when it was hard for him to say, "I love you." His compliments were simply an attempt to communicate his love.
The resurrected Jesus was walking along the seashore with Simon Peter. Jesus asked Peter, "Do you love me?" This was a hard question for a fisherman from the docks. Peter wasn't like the goofy fellow in the beer commercial who blurts out, "I love you, man!" in order to get the other man's beer. Peter was not used to sharing at such a personal level. But he did say, "Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you."
Dear God, I love you! In Jesus name, Amen.
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