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Thoughts on Love for Valentine’s Day

“The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.” Blaise Pascalroses-and-liliesReady for some beautiful thoughts on love? Or, like Joseph Fink, do you think: “Valentine’s Day is a disaster. Any day that is designed to perfectly encapsulate something as messy and personal as two people in a romantic relationship would have to be.” Well, whether the quotes I’ve found strike you as funny, true, or overly idealistic, I was touched by all of them, and I hope that—whether or not you’re in a romantic relationship with someone today—these thoughts will cheer your spirit. Because, in all of them I found a kernel of truth that also expresses the way I experience God’s love. His love for us is greater than any human love, and the power of His love is the greatest positive energy for transformation in the universe!

“I know of only one duty, and that is to love.” Albert Camus

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” A.A. Milne

“No matter how much time and space may come between us, I still feel you.” Ken Poirot

“Love is an afternoon of fishing when I’d sooner be at the ballet.
Love is eating burnt toast and lumpy gravy with a big smile.
Love is hearing the words ‘You’re beautiful’ as I fail to squeeze into my fat jeans.
Love is refusing to bring up the past, even if doing so would be a slam dunk to prove your point.
Love is your hand wiping away my tears, trying to erase streaks of mascara.
Love is the warm hug that extinguishes an argument.
Love is a humbly-uttered apology, even if not at fault.
Love is easy to recognize but so hard to define; however, I think it boils down to this…
Love is caring so much about the feelings of someone else, you sacrifice whatever it takes to help him or her feel better.
In other words, love is my heart being sensitive to yours.” Richelle E. Goodrich

“Where there is great love, there are always wishes.” Willa Cather (and for some of us, wishes turned to prayers)

“They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.” Bill Keane

“We’re most alive when we’re in love.” John Updike

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” Lord Byron

“When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out.” Elizabeth Bowan

“Love is the ultimate no-calorie sweetener.” Richelle E. Goodrich

“Doubt thou the stars are fire,
Doubt that the sun doth move.
Doubt truth to be a liar,
But never doubt I love.” William Shakespeare (…and God!)

“So fall asleep love, loved by me…for I know love, I am loved by thee.” Robert Browning

“For ye will know not love, if ye knoweth not your God.” Henrietta Newton Martin

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
1 John 4:9-11 pink-tipped-rose-africa-copy

Climbing to Spring

Climbing to SpringOn our flight home from Seoul to Tokyo on Japan Air, I watched a really delightful movie called Climbing to Spring, and I wanted to recommend it to you as a sweet, joyful, family-friendly video. It was just released in June, 2014 and tells the story of a young Japanese man, Tooru Nagamine, and his quest to find peace…starting with his childhood of living with his parents in the Tateyama Mountain Range of Japan…to a career as a trader in the financial world…and then in returning home to reconnect with his family and the wonderful world of mountains and nature.

Of course, there are lots of ups and downs along the way, but the most outstanding thing about the movie to me was how gently and slowly the love relationship developed between Tooru, the hero, and the young heroine, Ai Takazawa, who worked at his parents’ resort. It’s the way I think all love stories should go: working together, admiring one another, and over a long time developing a deep friendship that culminates in what you know will be a happy and enduring marriage. Good people doing good things and helping each other through thick and thin.

Perhaps I shouldn’t give away the end, but it doesn’t appear to be available in our country (at least yet), and that made me sad, because Hollywood isn’t producing a lot of morally-elevated, happily ever after movies these days! Maybe they will in the future, and maybe Climbing to Spring will find its way to western markets. If it does, it’s worth seeing! But, whether or not we get to enjoy sweet love stories made into movies, all of us can live them by learning to love the people in our family and in our lives.

“And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men” (1 Thessalonians 3:12).