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Practical Love

Of course you already know it is Valentine’s day.  It is hard to ignore Valentine’s day, even if you have tried to avoid it all cost. Superstores start putting out pink and red decorations on January first. Pinterest is flooded with cute DIY Valentine’s crafts. And our televisions are invaded by Jared and Halmark commercials.

But I am a sucker.  I love Valentine’s day, because it gives me a time to be cheesy and tell Corey how much I love him.  I definitely don’t take it too serious, but I have fun making the day special for Corey.

I was reading through one of my grandmother’s books of poetry, and I came across a poem that reminded me of practical love. Love is hard. Love is work. Love is a commitment. Love is a choice. 

Ladies, this is not a typical Valentine’s day poem, but today when we celebrate love, let us remember what true practical love is. I believe this love, is the love that will last a lifetime.

Love
without clinging;
cry
if you must-
but privately cry;
the heart will adjust
to the newness of loving
in practical ways;
cleaning
and cooking
and sorting out clothes,
all say, “I love you,”
when lovingly done.

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Love
without clinging;
cry
if you must-
but privately cry;
the heart will adjust
to the length of his stride,
the song he is singing,
the trail he must ride,
the tensions that make him
the man that make him
the man that he is,
the world he must face,
the life that is his.

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Love
without clinging;
cry
if you must-
but privately cry;
the heart will adjust
to being the heart,
not the forefront of life;
a part of himself,
not the object-
his wife.

So-
love!

Ruth Bell Graham

Happy Valentine’s day

 

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