by John McKain

The Test: Love
John McKain

The loneliest place in the world is the human heart when love is absent. When all in life is said and done, when life's last breath has been drawn, when the thoughts and memories of this world have vanished into nothingness; one test remains, one reality exists, at least one truth lives eternal - - you will have to face the test of love. Does your heart have what it takes to pass the test? The Bible says, "It is appointed unto man once to die and then, the judgment." Death and eternity. Love and loneliness. What reigns in your heart today? You say, "I'm not sure. I don't know." Friend the test for eternity is "Love."

There is a beautiful Hebrew legend of two brothers who lived side by side on adjoining lands. One was the head of a large family, the other lived alone. One night, the former, considered blessed and wealthy, lay awake and thought: "My brother lives alone, he has not the companionship of wife and children to cheer his heart as I have. While he sleeps, I will carry some of my sheaves into his field." Sheaves were the bundled produce from their fields.

At the same hour, the other brother reasoned: "My brother has a large family, and his necessities are greater than mine. As he sleeps, I will put some of my sheaves on his side of the field." Thus the two brothers went out, each carrying out his purposes and each laden with sheaves. Each motivated by love and concern. Each desiring to share his love with his brother. Each in his own way reaching out to his brother. They met in the middle of the night, instantaneously realizing what each other was doing. There they embraced, wept, and gloried in the value of sacrificial love they had for each other. It is said of this Hebrew legend that years later, on the field the brothers met that night, the Jerusalem temple was built and at the very spot of their meeting stood the temple's altar.

Whether or not the legend is true, is it not appropriate? That the meeting pla ...

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