Love is a Gift

Love cannot be
conditional.
Love cannot be
purchased.
Love cannot be
used for our gain,
cannot be
self-centered.

Love is
liberating.
Love is
self-emptying,
is to be
given away.
Love is
only known
from within,
as an experience
that changes everything,
even changes bread and wine
into the very substance
of God.

Love is
all powerful,
all merciful,
all compassionate,
all forgiving,
always giving.
The source of love
is God
the creator and sustainer
of everything.
Love animates
all life.
And through love
all life is connected.
Love does not
judge or condemn others.
Love only gives and shares,
everything, always.

Our incapacity to love
is rooted
in pride
and our false notion
that everything must have
a tangible benefit
toward increasing
our status and security.
“What’s in it for me?”
is not a question
love asks.
Love seeks
no remuneration,
knows nothing about
the market economy,
or cost-benefit analysis.

Love is a gift
to be freely given
and freely received.
We do not merit
nor can we earn
God’s love.
Yet, in every moment,
in every place,
in every situation,
God’s love is there
reaching out to us,
calling us by name.

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1 Response to “Love is a Gift”


  1. 1 Kimberly September 14, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Absolutely beautiful!


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