Hi and Happy Valentine’s Day. Today’s Photo Challenge is Love. How fitting for a day all about love. My photos are of my two greatest loves — my wonderful husband and our amazing son. These two men mean the world to me and I am so glad to have them as my family. I love them very differently yet both fully and with all that I am.
So it got me to thinking, how can you illustrate or define love? As you know, there are many types of love and definitions. We love our mates and children differently, we love our families and friends in other ways, we love our pets in a different way, and there is our love of God and our faith. All of these loves are valid and real to us.
To me love is — given every day, compassion, forgiveness, honesty, kindness, generosity, patience, partnership, unconditional, raw and messy at times, beautiful, passion, being there for the good and bad in life, support, and forever.
There is a line in the movie “Love Story” that has always bothered me. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” I totally disagree. To me, love means you should say you are sorry. Not too much that it means nothing, but when needed it should be said.
We all make mistakes and hurt one another. Yet, because of love we can say we are sorry, change our behavior, and forgive one another. And then you can move past the problem and continue to love.
One of the best descriptions of love is in 1st Corinthians 13: 4-8. Kirk and I had this read on our wedding day. It meant the world to both of us. This is from the New International Version of the Bible:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
Isn’t that beautiful? If only we could love others that way. We are called by Christ to love others — including our enemies and those who seem the least lovable. All of us need to be loved by someone. My hope and prayer is that we can be more loving to those around us.
Today I am thankful for:
- My husband for loving me as I am and being an amazing partner in all things
- Our son who is the light of our life and an amazing gift
- My parents who taught me what love is all about
- My siblings (and in-laws) who I love to be with and admire so very much
- My cousins who are true and real friends
- My in-laws who are a wonderful addition to my family
- My aunts and uncles who have taught me so much
- My friends who I treasure — both old and new
- My grandparents who demonstrated their love for one another
- My nieces and nephews who enrich my world and are great friends to Ian
- Our school and church friends who mean so much to the three of and who are teaching Ian so many things
- Our community and neighbors who make us feel truly at home
May you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of love! Whether or not you have a special someone, I hope and pray that you will know that you are loved.