I am thinking about love…..and our expression of it. I am thinking about Bishop Valentine before he became Saint; about Saint Valentine before he became Valentine. I am thinking about who he was, or who they were , and what they may have become….the dream sales team for the business of Valentine’s Day? 🙂 But, mostly, I am thinking of love.
Not romantic love so much as the love which is extolled in the hymn, For the Beauty of the Earth;
“The love which from our birth over and around us lies“….the “human love of brother, sister, parent, child”….the love from “friends on earth and friends, above“, the love that comes from “gentle thoughts and mild”.
And I am thinking of how that love finds its form in the most unexpected places,
where, for the most part, it sits in quiet, patient, unobtrusive abundance,
waiting to support us, when called upon,
and ever willing to send us gentle, trans-formative love letters ~
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” Thomas Merton
love letters that help us to see that the loving heart, contained within,
can be released and applied, like nature’s salve, to heal the woe of the broken landscape.
In my previous post, on Joy and Woe, your loving, supportive, compassionate comments brought me tears, laughter and a huge amount of joy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This post is my Valentine’s love letter to you all.
The Blessings of Saint Valentine (whoever he may be!), chocolate, flowers , gentle thoughts and mild, and love, be with you all.