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A Different Kind of Love | Read Poem, Scripture & Novel Excerpt

Christ With Children is a painting by Christopher Santer

"What would it be like to be loved like this?

"I was lost in my imagination. Standing in front of a large picture of Jesus with a child in his lap and children laughing around him, I asked myself the question.

I would stare at the picture and get lost in it, imagining jumping into the scene and joining the children laughing with him and feeling his arms around me.

Jesus became my imaginary dad. My own father died when I was a baby.

I would stare at the picture and get lost in it.

I was standing in the hall of the orphanage and my fellow orphan girls joined me. We were little girls. aged 6 and 7 years old.

We had lost so much so we were like sisters in the orphanage. As we looked at the picture, I am certain we were filled with longing and wondering the same thing.

What would it be liked to be loved like this?"

(Excerpt from Outside the Gate by June Smith)


"Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave the world and return to his Father

He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth,

and now he loved them to the very end."



He stripped himself

He picked up a towel

He filled the basin with living waters

Jesus knew his hour had come

For a dying world

He stooped down

No words can fully describe

How Jesus Christ set aside

His kingly robe

His kingly crown

For a dying world

He stooped down

Jesus Christ emptied himself

Sin demanded a sacrifice

For this reason

He had come

For a dying world

He stooped down

Love demanded a heavy price

Praise the Lord

He gave his own life

No greater love I have ever found

For my dying world

He stooped down

(Poem by June Smith, 2023)


"So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist,

and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash his disciples' feet

Drying them with a towel he had around him"

"And since I your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet,

You ought to wash each other's feet."

(John 13: 4 & 14 NLT)


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