<Weekly Reflection-Prayer Poetry>
“I accept you as you are”
“I believe you are valuable”
“I care when you hurt”
“I desire only what is best for you”
“I erase all offenses.”
We could call that the ABCs of love. And I don’t know of anybody who would turn his back on such magnetic, encouraging statements.
There is nothing shallow about authentic love. Nor is it a magic wand we whip out and wave over a problem with whoosh, hoping all the pain will go away. Real love has staying power. Authentic love is tough love. It refuses to look for ways to run away. It always opts for working through. It doesn’t cop out because the sea gets stormy and rough. It’s fibrous and resilient…While the world around us gives the opposite counsel, love stands firm.
O Lord Jesus,
How freeing to know that your love
is never something we can earn, it’s a gift
If we get anything right in this life,
help us to get love right.
Too often we think of love as just a feeling.
We know that’s part of it,
but it’s so much more than that
You show us that it is a commitment.
Help us to remember,
that love is not dependent
on warm feelings alone
but on a consistent and courageous
decision to extend ourselves
for the well being of someone else.