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Passion and Joy



In the movie The Notebook Noah Calhoun must introduce himself to his wife, Allie, every day. After more than 50 years together, Allie has lost her memory as she now suffers with Alzheimer's and doesn't remember or even recognise him. Still, Noah is passionately in love with Allie. In fact, he moves into her nursing home, lets her think he's a friend, and reads daily to her about their love story from her old notebook.


Noah's joyous and pursuing love for Allie is nothing new. As a teen, he danced with her in the middle of the street, wrote her a letter every day for a year, and rebuilt the house she loved. Noah was, and still is, desperate to be with Allie. In fact, when Noah's children want him to get on with his life, he tells them, "That's my sweetheart in there. I'm not leaving her."


In life we all hope and wish for our someone special, our husbands, our wives, our partners to be so much in love and passionate about us. This movie reminds me of God's constant, passionate and sacrificial love for me.


In the movie Noah sacrifices his final days to be with his wife, but Christ sacrificed his life so we could live eternally with him. Now that's passion. We are reminded every single hour and day of our lives about how Christ longs for us to be with him and is passionate about us living with him. That is pure and ultimate joy. Because of the Lord's commitment to us, we can be assured that Christ's true, pursuing, and joyous love "always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres" (1 Corinthians 13:7).


The movie reminds us that Love is a miracle that should be appreciated, enjoyed, noticed and never taken for granted. To conclude, we need to remember that Christ’s love is unconditional and that he is always there for us.

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