Sunday, February 19, 2012

Love: The Lodestar of Life


"Love, like faith, is a gift of God. It is also the most enduring and most powerful virtue."

"Love is the only force that can erase the differences between people or bridge the chasms of bitterness."

"Love is the very essence of life. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is not found only at the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arches across the sky on a stormy day. Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, and neighbors!" (President Gordon B. Hinckley, Standing For Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Our Homes, pg 3.)

I am thankful for the love my Heavenly Father has shown me through those around me. Love shown through the countless acts of kindness rendered in my, and my family's behalf--each appreciated immensely. I hope that I can repay those kindnesses by serving those around me with love and compassion. With Charity. For isn't this why we're here on earth? To buoy one another up?

For "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40)

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