Is it possible to love someone you have never met? You can display human compassion, empathy, concern, but love?
Our family adopted a little girl through World Vision several years ago. We send her pictures, presents, and letters, and we pray for her. She responds with letters of her own. We encourage her to keep up with her school studies. We ask about her family members and her aunt has been instrumental in helping her return letters. We celebrate her birthday and spend as much money on her at Christmas as we do our sons. As much as possible we have tried to love her.
Though it is doubtful, some day we may actually get to meet our daughter. If that ever happens, then we will be able to put all we have learned into a package that we can hug and kiss: our daughter.
However, we have two other daughters that we haven’t met yet, and we definitely intend to meet them. Since the conception of our first son I have prayed for his wife. Our second son kept himself secret so that I couldn’t pray for a wife until he was born, but ever since I have prayed for her as well.
These young women, whom I have yet to meet (or at least know that I have met), are very precious to me. I pray for them and their families often. I ask God’s guidance in their lives, for their safety, their experiences, for everything that will make them the perfect wife and daughter-in-law.
So do I love them? All I can say is that God loved me before I ever knew him. Daughters-in-law, yes, I love you.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:10-12 NIV