The Hodja was considered the most learned man in his town. Every one called on him for information and advice. One day a number of people called, and demanded of him a reply to this question: "When, O Hodja! will be the end of the world?" "Oh!" says he, "ask me something difficult. That is very easy to answer. When my wife dies, it will be the end of half of the world; when I die, then the whole world will end."
~ S.S. Cox ~
Valentine's Day can remind us about the most important kind of love. Enduring love. This type of enduring love promises to be the most important emotion, feeling and quality in life. O, that we could all feel how the Hodja feels about his loved one! O, that we could all have someone feel that way about us! Push all of the commercial, consumer-oriented Valentine promotion aside. Remember that to be a giver or receiver of love is a precious gift. If you aren't a receiver of pure, enduring love at the moment, think again. God loves you. God loves us all equally and unconditionally. You may think, "Yes, I KNOW that, but I need someone tangible to love, and I need someone tangible to love ME !"
Well, I have to remind myself that the Holy Bible is full of stories of the purest kind of love. What better stories are there to teach us that we ARE lovable by One who understands this pure love? What better stories are there to teach us HOW to love (as Christ loves) . . . even someone tangible? When we learn that we are lovable unconditionally, and when we learn how to love another person unconditionally, I think we can BE loved more easily . . . even by someone tangible.
[I came across this short essay in the book, Mark Twain's Library of Humor, Steve Martin, series editor (a Random House 2000 abridgment of the 1888 original)]
When I saw this remarkable photo it reminded me of something most people innately know: it is possible to become a better version of ourselves. Just like a caterpillar naturally and miraculously morphs into a butterfly, we can naturally and miraculously change for the better if we create a desire to change. When we create that desire to change soon we will find ourselves on that path to change. The Lord offers us this miraculous gift of change, of leaving behind old patterns. He can even wash clean, those who need that gift of healing. If you ask, the Lord will bless you with faith in yourself, courage to press forward and He will bless you with people that you can serve. You are so loved.