In a world of so much brokenness, it is easy to grow hard. From my own share of heart-ache, I have learned that people are fragile. I am fragile. And the people I have touched break easily.
The tempting reaction is to build walls. Push people away. Put on layers between us and a callous world. But as C.S. Lewis so aptly put it,
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. (The Four Loves)
What is most astonishing and reassuring is that Love itself became vulnerable to the point of death–arms stretched out in love on the cross. In that sacrifice, in the severing of the God-head, utter brokenness and alienation was suffered so that we might never feel alone again. (And this is love, that He loved us and sent His Son.)
But we forget that. We forget the supremacy of Love in one another’s lives.
People aren’t parcels. Unfortunately, we don’t come with HANDLE WITH CARE stamped on our foreheads.
So we need to be reminded. To love openly. Fearlessly. Vulnerably. To shout love from the roof-tops and bear the consequences, offering the unconditional love to others that Christ offers us. Love me, as I love you, and treat me tenderly, too.
Thus with this new blog, I want to love openly. I want to love God, love people, love His creation, and love crazy things like coffee, cherry blossoms, and twinkle lights.
I want to collect beauty like butterflies.
I want to share with you jars of shining love. I want to light the world.
So may this be a haven of beauty and love, of contemplation and revelation, a love rhapsody for you-