Grace Notes: Magical Words

By Debora Coty

The anonymous text appeared on my phone out of nowhere.

I love you.

At first I’m confused … is this a joke? No name is attached, just a phone number with an unrecognizable area code.

My mind reeled. If I ask who they are, they’ll probably be insulted. Or at least hurt. I’m supposed to know, no doubt – someone who feels comfortable enough to send a message like this to me. But I have no clue.

I’d really like to know who it is. How sweet. How bizarre. Maybe they meant to send it to someone else and it’s a mistake.

Or maybe it’s not. 

I love you.

Like a magnet I simply cannot resist, I keep pulling out my phone all day to simply gaze at those three magical, mysterious words. Someone is mightily blessing me today … who could it be?

A friend who knows I needed a little pick-me-up?

A reader who means that she loves my book, not necessarily me?

A long lost relative feeling the need to reconnect?

The possibilities seemed endless and oh so alluring.

I’m amazed at the effect this powerful and mysterious declaration of affection has on me. All day long I feel warm and fuzzy. I find myself grinning for no reason. My shoulders straighten. I am worthy of someone’s love, someone not obliged to say it … like a family member or bestie.

Someone who chose to drop the “L” bomb for no apparent self-serving reason and then remain unknown. Someone who just wanted to bless my socks off by gifting me with the highest verbal affirmation known to mankind.

I love you.

Wow. My beige world is suddenly Technicolor. What an incredible bequest.

And then it becomes strangely unimportant to find out the source of this unexpected joy. Even if it’s a mistake, it isn’t. It’s a love note from someone acting as Papa God’s tangible fingers on earth, reminding me how valued and cherished I am.

Something we all need to feel, especially on those dully-funk days.  

You know, I think I just might drop someone an anonymous love note too. We can’t ever hear those magical words enough: I love you.

“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ” (Ephesians 5:2, NLT).