I wonder why love is so often equated with joy when it is everything else as well: devastation, balm, obsession, granting and receiving excessive value, and losing it again.
–Florida Scott Maxwell
In our quiet moments we dream of the gifts that accompany being loved and imagine ourselves as always filled with laughter, a glowing warmth, a serene perspective. But how short sighted our vision. Love promises us growth as well, and growth may mean a loved one’s choice to depart for a time, or a struggle for agreement about future directions. Tears and fears are commonplace when we enter the realm of love.
Let’s not forget that all experiences, even the dreaded ones, are meant for our good. We are never given more than we can handle, and we will be given a balanced set of circumstances. A measure of joy will follow a period of sadness. As experience has shown, quick on the heels of the fear of loss is the realization that in the spiritual realm we’re secure and all is well.
How grateful we might become that love offers us so much to grow on.
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Worthy of Love by Karen Casey
Worthy of Love by Karen Casey. Copyright 1985 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of Hazelden.