As I sit here on Valentine’s Day, home with a sick daughter, I am coming to realize the true meaning of Love. Love is holding space for another when they can’t hold it for themselves. It’s going to the med center at night after a long day or bringing a hot cup of tea to soothe a sore throat. Love is allowing your baby, even if she’s a teen, to rest on your lap, risking illness of your own, just to give her a moment of comfort. Cards, flowers, and chocolates are nice, but they are only mere tokens of the deep and abiding Love of a parent for a child. God’s Love goes beyond this. The Love of the Universe is vast and ever-present. We just need to know where to look?
My older daughter asked if Valentine’s Day is just for romantic couples. No, I replied. It’s about bringing awareness to the Love in your life. It could be the Love of friends, family, pets, or even Nature. Love is all around us, but it’s especially within us. Love of others, nature, and life starts with self-love. Self-love is not something outside of us, but lives inward, near the heart. Search today for Love, find it, not in the external trappings of the world, but in the genuine and internal Heart of the Universe.
Susan J. McFarland
February 14, 2019