Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.
~ Hosea 10: 12
This morning I was reminded that we are invited to love one another.
As I listened to a man describe the love that he has for his partner of over twenty years, tears swelled and he admitted that he had never been loved, or loved someone so much, in all of his life.
He admitted to being afraid of falling in love, but shared that the, "pain of losing someone I love this much has been worth every moment we have been together."
I am reminded that loving someone deeply means that you are allowing for your heart to be broken. We all will experience the loss of someone that we have loved in our life. But that should not hold you back from loving someone.
As I listened to their love story, I realized that they made a conscious choice to fall in love. Both had been in love prior to meeting, and had both experienced great pain when those relationships had ended. As they held hands and talked about where they are now in their relationship, with one of them dying, they admitted that the pain from their prior relationships had actually provided for fertile soil for their relationship to begin and grow into what it is today.
Learning to love, while knowing that the pain of heartbreak will happen, can be among the most difficult journeys that we can begin. However, it is exactly what we are invited to enter each day.
The greatest gift that we have to offer to one another is our love.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.