I started a series a few months ago called Novel Wisdom. I talked about it a little in the first post, but it’s basically a few bits of wisdom I’ve come across in the books I’ve read. I decided to dedicate this post to Valentine’s Day. Here are two quotes that I thought would apply.
“Love as distinct from ‘being in love’ is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.” -C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
“Earthly love, I mean the stuff I was trying to get by sounding smart, is temporal and slight so that it has to be given again and again in order for us to feel any sense of security; but God’s love, God’s voice and presence, would instill our souls with such affirmation we would need nothing more and would cause us to love other people so much we would be willing to die for them.” -Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What
You may see a repeating theme here. I believe that our ability to love is a direct gift from God and our reminder that the love we show others is nothing more than a small reflection of the love He has for each of us. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. And a special Valentine’s Day to my Valentine.