Valentine’s Day is less than a week away and all the commercials and advertising are about love – the romantic kind. But there are many types of love that are deeper and stronger than the kind of love that is written about in books, movies, and TV.
Romantic love is wonderful but it can be very conditional – a person loves another as long as certain conditions are met. But true love does not depend on looks, finances, behavior or status. It is based on truly loving the individual as they are.
It is the kind of love that we attribute to God. God is Love and for me, that Love does not depend on who or what I am. The closest thing in our physical world is the love of a dog for its owner.
Dogs do not care what we look like, what is in our bankbook, or if we are successful. They love us no matter what.
I learned that lesson years ago when I had my first dog, Nike. I was in the midst of my addiction and I was not a good or responsible pet owner. I would go out intending to get back at a certain time so I could feed and walk Nike. Sometimes I did not make it. No matter what, no matter how much I may have not been there for him, he always greeted me with love and affection and was completely dedicated to me. Dog spelled backward is God.
That is how I see God’s love. No matter how much I may have strayed or what I have done, God loves me just the way I am. That is what makes the story of the Prodigal Son one of the most loved in the Bible. The father in the story represents God and each of us the Prodigal son. No matter what happens, God loves us and cares for us.
That is truly a love that can be celebrated!
Quote of the Week
“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.”
This week we celebrated Love for Advent. But we are not talking about Love in the romantic sense, we are talking about the kind of Love that is God. This time of year we see that love in the birth of Jesus, in Mary’s love of her baby, and Joseph’s love for Mary.
The more we give love the more we receive it. Giving love, more love, can be a turning point for the soul. Turning points are the blessed moments when the hardships of life’s adversity give way to an awakening to the presence of God. Often it is a time of crisis but almost always it is when we need it the most.
Most people underestimate the power of love and how it can be a positive effect on the world around them. But the loving things we do, think, and say, do have a real effect on others. Love is a powerfully creative force that can dissolve misunderstandings and help adjust inharmonious situations.
So this holiday season it is important to remember to show people how you feel about them. You will find the season filled with enough love to flow into the entire year ahead.
This is because the story of Christmas is a Love story.
It is the story of the Love of Joseph for Mary, the story of the Love of Mary for her newborn son, Jesus. The story of Love for strangers – the shepherds and the wise men, but mostly it is the story of God’s Love for us.
With the birth of Jesus, it is a reminder that God is Love and that Love wants us to know that we are Loved, that we are whole, and that within us all is God. It is a reminder to give the Love we have received back into the world. To allow the Love within us to pour forth from our thoughts, words, and actions and to let Love be the bond between ourselves and each person who touches our lives.
This is truly the way to celebrate the holiday season – to give our Love to everyone we meet.
Have a Happy Holiday by sharing your Love with all.
Quote of the Week
“Just remember the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.”