14 February 2008

love is...

...not limited to a day on the calendar, but it is undoubtedly in the air today. i cannot blog browse today without finding many posts regarding St. Valentine's Day. love it or (try to) ignore it, this holiday has been commercialized to the hilt. quite depressing, this twisting of love into a guilt trip for the enamored consumer.

stop & take a deep breath, oh ye wearied receiver of red rose & diamond advertising...one honest expression of true charitable love is worth more than a million hallmark sentiments mass printed on recycled paper.now, i have nothing against things that remind us to show the love, as this holiday does. being what we are, we do need reminders from time to time. & we can often forget exactly what love is...as i thought about this for most of the day, my thoughts kept coming back to this..."love is patient, love is kind. love is not jealous, it does not put on airs, it is not snobbish. love is never rude, it is not self seeking, it is not prone to anger; neither does it brood over injuries. love does not rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with the truth. there is no limit to love's forebearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure. love never fails." (1Cor. 13:4-8)that is the love i aspire to & hope for.
for quite some time i have been enjoying bleeding espresso's love thursdays' posts & today i wanted to pass some link-love to the shutter sisters who keep this delightful weekly event up & running. how cool is that?!...St. Valentine's Day falls on love thursday!
may your love shine through today & everyday!!


Anonymous said...

It reminds me to love everyday with the kind of love that doesn't need a calendar to remind.

bleeding espresso said...

Oh I just love those hearts and those birdies! So cute!

Hope you had a lovely Love Day :)

Karina said...

Another beautiful post! I love that "Love is patient" passage, it's one of my favorites!

Hyde DP said...

Interestingly this year I've avoided the hype as usual and though I've photographed valentine balloons and created my own make-shift virtual greetings card, at home we've largely ignored it.
Except that my wife bought herself a ring last week. It was a practical purchase because her fingers have got a bit thin and her wedding ring was getting loose. The new ring holds it in place. But she's going round telling folk that it was what I bought her for valentines day. Now isn't that just the greatest kind of love - giving me the credit like that?

Britt-Arnhild said...

Beautiful.......belated Happy Valentine.

Cre8Tiva said...

oh i forgot to remember v day...such a shame it is my favorite next to thanksgiving...i have missed you...hugs, r

qualcosa di bello said...

maryann..well said!

sognatrice...watch out for more cute birdies...this weekend is the backyard bird count & the boys are doing it!

karina...mine too!

hyde...now that is the perfect true love story! thank you so much for sharing it.

britt-arnhild...& to you too!

rebecca...sending valentine love your way too! :)