For the Love…

 In Reflections

“Love is such a powerful force. It’s there for everyone to embrace—that kind of unconditional love for all of humankind.” —Coretta Scott King

From welcoming babies into the world to witnessing those you love graduate and make choices different from yours, love is both easy to give and challenging to remember, depending on the situation.

For the love of another, we make changes and sacrifices. We hold our thoughts when we want to say “don’t do that” or speak out when someone needs to hear “I love you.”

What are you willing to or need to do for the love of another right now? For the love of yourself? For the love of this world? For the love of the Holy One?
“Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces.”
“We are only pieces” of this big Love with a capital “L” Rumi tells us. We don’t have to love on our own. We have this bigger, whole Love available to us when we find it hard to say or do what love calls us to.

May love in all its many forms nourish you and give you the courage to in turn love yourself, others, the world, and the Holy One lavishly.

Enough Courage

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”

― Maya Angelou

Becomes a Part of Us

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”

―Helen Keller

Love is the Most Ancient Law

Open to it
and you will know
how love is
its own blessing
and most ancient
of laws.

Pursue it
with everything
in you—
your heart
your soul
your mind

Spend it
this love
so generous,
this love
that goes out
to each
it finds,
this love
that gives itself
in lavish and
unimagined measure
everywhere and
to all—

not least.

Jan Richardson

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