LITTLE DARLING, GO OUT AND PICK A FLOWER FOR US TOO
LITTLE DARLING, THE SKY IS YOURS BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU
YOU’RE THE SWEETEST THING THAT EVER CAME ALONG
NOW HOW COULD WE GO WRONG, LITTLE DARLING
LITTLE BABY, YOUR EYES ARE FRESH AS MORNING DEW
LITTLE BABY, YOU ALWAYS GOT A SMILE TO SEE US THROUGH
HANGING ON TO THAT RAGGED TEDDY BEAR
SAY YOUR PRAYERS, THROW YOUR KISSES IN THE AIR, LITTLE BABY
LITTLE DARLING, HOLDING ON TO GRANDMA’S APRON STRINGS
LITTLE DARLING, CALLING OUT, HEY GRANDPA PUSH MY SWING
MAMA SAYS YOU’RE UP TO MISCHIEF ALL THE TIME
DADDY SAYS, YOU AND MAMA ARE ALIKE, LITTLE DARLING
LITTLE BABY, GO OUT AND PICK A FLOWER FOR US TOO
LITTLE BABY, THE SKY IS YOURS BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU
YOU’RE THE SWEETEST THING THAT EVER CAME ALONG
NOW HOW COULD WE GO WRONG, WITH YOU LITTLE DARLING
WHEN WE THINK WE GOT YOU TUCKED UP IN YOUR BED
THAT’S WHEN WE HEAR YOU CREEPING DOWN THE STAIRS
AH LITTLE BABY
LITTLE DARLING, THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU
LITTLE DARLING, PLEASE DON’T GROW UP TOO SOON
SOMEDAY YOUR DREAMS WILL ALL COME TRUE
AND WE’LL BE THERE TO SHARE IT WITH YOU
LITTLE DARLING, AH LITTLE DARLING, WE LOVE YOU
God has been very gracious and loving, to allow us the privilege to conceive children, created in our image Gen 5:3 by our unique DNA, through a bond of love with our spouse. Children are God’s blessing Ps 127:3,4,5 and an opportunity to express our love through the nurturing of them. Every parent wants the best for their children and desires that they are successful in life, and God is no different. He has given life to each one of us and nurtures us, although He gives us free will, to obey Him or rebel. He desires us to be successful, not wanting any to perish 2 Pe 3:9. It is wonderful to have faithful children, who care for us, as we grow old—a harvest, from our loving them. In the same way, God is pleased when His faithful children love on Him, as they grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ 2 Pe 3:18.
KISSES and LOVE
“throw your kisses in the air” from the song “Little Darling”
Throwing our kisses in the air (our good deeds Mt 5:16) demonstrates our love for Him.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
for your love is more delightful than wine. SS 1:2
What are the kisses of Jesus’ mouth?
God’s promises are the kisses of Jesus’ mouth. SS 5:16 (sweet satisfying words); SS 7:9 NLT (like wine-pleasing and satisfying).
When you feel abandoned, the kiss of Jesus is savoured in His words, “I will never leave you” Heb 13:5.
When you feel lonely, the kiss of Jesus is savoured in His words, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” Mt 28:20.
When you feel that no one cares for you, the kiss of Jesus is savoured in His words, “Cast your cares on Me, for I care for you” 1 Pe 5:7
When you feel unloved, the kiss of Jesus is savoured in His words, “nothing can separate you from My love” Ro 8:39.
The Greek language uses four words to distinguish different kinds of love.
1. Eros a physical, romantic and passionate love SS 1:2 which God endorsed within the marriage bond Gen 1:27,28; Gen 2:24,25; Pr 5:19; 1 Co 7:4,5. However, it is sinful behaviour outside of marriage Ex 20:14. An approved example of this type of love is found in the marriage of Ruth to Boaz Ruth 4:13. A few sinful examples are David and Bathsheba 2 Sa 11:4 and Sampson and Delilah Jdg 16:1.
2. Philia The word “Philadelphia” translated means, city of brotherly love. Therefore, philia love is a brotherly love that one has for another. Paul exhorted believers to greet one another with a holy kiss 1 Th 5:26 as a demonstration of this kind of love between equals Gal 3:28. An example of philia love is the love Jonathan had for David 1 Sa 18:1; Mk 12:31. A negative example was assigned to Simon the Pharisee by Jesus for not giving Him a kiss Lk 7:45.
3. Agape this is unconditional love, whose motive is to love the other person, as one loves oneself Mt 22:39, best exemplified by Jesus dying for our sins Jn 15:13. In Lk 7:45 Jesus contrasted Simon’s lack of philia love with Mary’s agape gestures—spending the expensive perfume on Jesus Lk 7:46 and kissing His feet.
4. Storge is familial love between parents and children and between siblings. It is an unbalanced love of parents to assure proper nurturing of children and sometimes children caring for their elderly parents or an older sibling protecting his or her younger ones. Loving our pets is a type of storge love. The best example was demonstrated at the cross, when Jesus assigned the responsibility of caring for Mary, His mother, to John Jn 19:26, 27. Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi exhibited storge love Ruth 1:16.
A kiss can convey love in many forms and be the supreme sign of affection, yet at times is used by the enemy as a cover for evil as Judas did when he kissed our Lord in the Garden Lk 22:48. Evil hearts use kisses to flatter their victims for ulterior motives Pr 27:6. Isaac used a kiss to prove the true identity of his food preparer Gen 27:26,27 (although he remained fooled).
May we always use this beautiful gift righteously to honour our Lord—throwing our kisses in the air.