“Only in receiving love can we be hurt. If we only give we are always in control.
When we receive we open ourselves up and make ourselves vulnerable for hurt.
It seems like if we only give we can protect ourselves.”
-A conversation with a friend
“It seems like only after being devastated by love was I able to be real.”
“And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
-The Apostle Paul, Romans 5:5
“Everywhere we went desperate people quickly gathered and listened carefully to
every word that came out of our mouths – they were in search of hope.
We gave them hope – the message of God’s love.
So as we preached under the shade of a tree in the refugee camps,
the precious poor, those who have lost everything, wearing only dirty rags,
welcomed Jesus just like they welcomed us.”
–David Morrison, missionary in Africa speaking of the
refugee crisis due to the recent floods in Mozambique
“Love in any language, straight from the heart, pulls us all together- never apart.
Once we learn to speak it, all the world will hear.
Love in any language, fluently spoken here.”
-Sandi Patti, “Love in Any Language,” sung today at lunch
by Rachel Arend and subsequently stuck in my head all afternoon
“You’re the only one that knows me,
Love it when you hold me,
Never find a love like this.
Let me hear you say
Now I’ll never be lonely,
Look at what you’ve shown me,
Never find a love like this.”
-Natasha Bedingfield and Sean Kingston, “Love Like This”
“I began to think she had feelings for me…
I didn’t tell her that I loved her.
I started to rape her.
The next day I found myself in prison.”
-Makhaya, Hope Positive
“Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it.
Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light.
Love the animals, love the plants, love everything.
If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things.
Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day.”
-Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karmazov
“I wanna know what love is.
I want you to show me.
I wanna feel what love is.
I know you can show me.”
-Foreigner, “I Want to Know What Love Is“