Many splendors

Valentines Day sets us to exploring – or maybe ignoring – the deepest waters of love, doesn’t it? If you’re in love, marketplace hype says you are the explorer. And if you’re not, the marketplace would suggest you can just sit this one out. ¬†Enjoy the spectacle from the sidelines. Come back on St. Patrick’s Day when even if you’re not Irish, you can join the party.

But love is not just for lovers, right? And if we know anything about love, we know that it is not something you feel, it is something you do. It is divine and dangerous. It it is difficult and delightful. It is not safe. It is completely satisfying. It is other-worldly.

It is not just for lovers.

I love, love, love (pun slightly intended) this quote from the wise C. S. Lewis. It says so well what love is like if you dare to look at it fully:

¬†“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

Here’s to being breakable. Penetrable. And redeemable.



Josh Groban – You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) from cristian gatti on Vimeo.

Author: Susan

This post has 4 Comments

  1. Hope on February 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    wonderfully put Sue!

  2. Clair on February 14, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    What a quote by Lewis. It is too bad Valentine's is so commercialized, but at least at an elementary school it is all about handing out Valentine's…I get stuff from kids I don't work with just cause they want to give something away.

  3. Susan Meissner on February 15, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Thanks for stopping by, Hope and Clair!

  4. Katers on February 16, 2011 at 1:07 am

    thank you for that, susan. it's just what i needed to hear.

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