I wish I could offer encouragement to everyone hurting or disillusioned or broken or even just stuck in status quo. I find strength in these words from a very famous passage:
“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”
I guess I always take this to mean I should do these things, as though a person could. Thomas Merton wrote an amazing thing once, in New Seeds I think, that said if I am in the Presence of God, then I AM love. You can’t DO love; you can BE love. Cool thought. I carry it around in my heart-pocket. I take it to mean that if we are being the humans we are created to be, in God’s image, then love happens.
Today though, these verses hit me another way. Personified love. Love is talking to me, telling me it will be patient with me in my failing, kind to me in my weakness, and bear my pain with me. And love will celebrate life with me. I think it hit me this week because of a song I’ve got in heavy rotation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwB9EMpW8eY . It’s called Stand By You by Rachel Platten. A friend shared it with me, then I shared it with my son as a mother/son promise, and now I’m sharing it with you. But when I hear it, I feel like Love is talking to me, and everything will be alright. And it will be.