I smile when advertisers use the term ‘pre-loved’ to avoid describing an item as ‘second-hand’. A pre-loved wedding dress must be better than a second-hand one; pre-loved toys sound more attractive than second-hand toys.
I’ve bought many pre-loved books. Recently these have included Pinocchio, The Railway Children… To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice And Men… books that I should have read before.
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ arrived yesterday. ‘Keziah Greatorex’ had written her name in the front and certainly pre-loved it – with multicoloured highlighter pens and extensive notes in the margins!
Pre-loved clothes, cars, furniture, pets… were loved once, but they’re no longer loved… The hope is that they can be loved again.
This image is used repeatedly in the Bible. The once loved wife, left deserted and distressed, who finds new love… that nation moving from good times, through bad times, back to good times… the journey from love, through rejection, to redemption and renewed love.
Stories of Joseph, Ruth, David, the Israelite nation… ‘The Prodigal Son’: pre-loved by his family, he rejects that love and leaves home, but discovers new love on his return.
I’ve chatted with two friends this week…
…Kate’s husband was increasingly controlling. Following a period of distress and unhappiness they divorced. Kate’s now happy and settled with her two teenage daughters. She has a new partner, Steve, who also has two daughters. He’s also been through difficult times… It’s not easy, but they’re making plans for the future.
…Dave was a respected Christian. His marriage and life fell apart. It took a long while for him to put his life back together again. After many years alone and a few failed relationships he’s found love again. Laura has suffered bereavement and mental health issues, but with care and patience they seem to be finding love and happiness together.
Both Kate and Dave have been pre-loved. Both went through tough times. I hope and pray with them that their new love is deeper, stronger and lasting.