Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“Only love knows love, and love knows only love.”
~Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind, p.478~

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“If you think Love is weak ~ you are asleep.
If you think Love isn’t everything ~ you might be confused.
If you think Love is only passion ~ you don’t know who you really are.”
~ Ade Anifowose, Spiritual Appetizers for the Soul ~

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“When you love you should not say “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.
~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet ~

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“God’s the love that I Am. God’s the love that I Am. 
God’s the love that I Am. God’s the love I Am.”
~ The GodSong Chant, Sacred Days ~

Yes,. .. artists, philosophers, poets, theologians and people of all walks of life and perspectives have attempted to describe Love, only to find that, like trying to describe God, every attempt falls short of Its Absolute Nature. However, when any aspect of this Many Splendored Thing is realized, the potential for life-enhancing transformation is activated in one’s life.

Whether one says Love is God, or God is Love, it is a declaration that the two are one and the same. And, to celebrate Love is to recognize, acknowledge, and worship Its existence. It is the first step that moves one toward wholeness. What has been called “miraculous healings” have occurred as a result of an experience of Love.

While it may validate our sense of self-worth to receive Love; the real fulfillment is when we give It. Now we all know you can’t give what you don’t have; so, the far-reaching implication is, we each have Love right now.  It is our inherent nature.  It is the Presence of God within us. True fulfilment is always when we express our true nature. No wonder it is written, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) 

When celebrating the legend of St. Valentine, it is also well to remember that the word valentine comes from the Latin word for “strength.” It is the strength and power of Love that make all things new. It is the power of forgiveness. It releases the errors of yesterday – mine and yours. The self-givingness of the Indwelling Spirit of Love is God’s grace personified. 

It is good to pause and celebrate the Reality of Love all around, expressing not only as romantic relationships (Eros)’ but as friends, neighbors and co-workers (Philia); as family (Storge); and as humanity (Agape); all flowing from the Self-Love of the Indwelling Spirit.

Celebration is a form of gratitude – appreciation. Gratitude has a tendency to expand that for which we are grateful. The more each one of us consciously participates in the divine circulation of giving and receiving Love, we become a beneficial presence that constitutes a world that works for everyone. Yes, “Love loves us back.”  

Candy, flowers, jewelry, a greeting card, a special dinner, an original poem, a mini vacation, or a simple walk in the park are just a few examples of gifts that are offered to symbolize the heartfelt feelings that Love ignites that words cannot express. Enjoy! 

This Week’s Affirmation

“I express Infinite Love at the center of my being right here, right now!”

Angela “Chris” Beam

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