It Matters

We're now on the 4th day of the new year. 2019, can you believe it? We've all been hearing, seeing, reading lots about ideas to help us start fresh in the new year, whether it be with a quest for better health and fitness or with matters of the heart and mind. Vikki talked about having intentions, rather than resolutions last Sunday...that is a great thing! What are your intentions for the year ahead? I'm still thinking about that, but in the meanwhile, the subject of love keeps presenting itself to me...

Looking back over the past year, I think about the 3 funerals and 4 weddings I attended. Those were 7 huge demonstrations of love in it's purest form. I think about other smaller celebrations with friends and family...in essence, all evolved from love. I think about visits to the Gathering Place, Project Angel Heart and Open Door...lots of love abounding! I think about celebrating 30 years of marriage to Mo, yes with great love comes of trial and tribulation, doesn't it? I do believe our love grows by going through tough times and coming out on the other side still standing. My grandson was eager for me to open the Christmas gift he personally picked out for Grandy...it will be a constant reminder for me as I see it sitting on my kitchen counter, no matter what comes in 2019 and beyond. 

There are many, many ways that love shows up in our lives. Let's keep looking for it, sharing it, believing in it...and let's not forget to turn it inwards, as it's hard to send it out into the world if we don't have love for ourselves! I was once accused of being a pollyanna (def-an excessively cheerful or optimist person.) That was 28 or so years ago. At the time, I did not think it was a compliment for some reason! Is the idea of putting love at the center of our lives a "pollyanna" way of living? I think not.

1Corinthians 13 :[ Love Is the Greatest ] If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing....

Andrea Heshmati

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