That is kind of what I want to write about today! Life!
Do any of you remember a wonderful lady from this parish named Dorothy Fullam? She and I had a mutual admiration society thing going a few years before she died! Toward the end of her life, I visited her in her home! She said something I never forgot!
“We are born and we all die! It is what we do with our lives in the middle that make us individuals!”
My old friend ‘anonymous’ has this to say about life: “There may be a Heaven; There must be a Hell;
Meanwhile, we have our life here-- Well?”
Ha-ha! I have to think more on what is meant here!
Yet anonymous also wrote: “This is what Christianity is for---to teach humanity the art of life, And its whole curriculum lies in these words: Learn from me!”
And finally, a dear friend recently told me: “Life is LOVE and LOSS!”
He continued to explain that life is a series of love and loss in ALL its! We are what we are, usually through our relationships and the seminal ramifications events of our lives!
Right about now I either have your attention or have bored you to tears! Well, I must warn you the rest of this article is little more than explaining what I have written!
There are three types of love: Filial, Eros and Agape! Filial could be construed as the passing of the peace during services! Shake a hand, smile and move on. Friends toward one another!
Eros is the intimate love found between two or more people living in a deep relationship!
We are connected by agape love to the love God has toward each of us and the love we have toward God!
Again I draw on anonymous! Consider the following:
“Love is the doorway through which the human soul passes from selfishness to service and from solitude to kinship with all humankind.”
“Love is the only service that power cannot command and money cannot buy!”
“Love rules without a sword,
Love binds without a cord!”
Finally, “Like hash, love can be enjoyed only by one who has confidence in it!”
Love continues to help make the world a better place to live. And the opposite of love is not hate but: LOSS!
Loss in all the many shades of life can be so destructible. My favorite psychologist, Dr. Naomi Brill identified the five areas of human need!
Physical, Spiritual, Social, Intellectual, Emotional! The lack or loss of love can and will affect a human in each and every one of those areas of human need!
God opens the door to love, our responsibility is to move through and find the love waiting for us. Never fear for God in Christ is there for us!
So, as Forrest was told by his childhood friend when the bullies were chasing him? “Run Forrest, Run!”
And I say: Run toward love! Run toward God! Run toward life! Run toward Jesus Christ!