Power of Love

Walking through the MTR train station yesterday, I spotted big red cards in a novelty shop.  Valentine’s Day was nearly upon us, a day when we express our love for one another.  It caused me to reflect on the many different forms of love; love of God, love of a spouse, love of a child; love of family and friends, and love of others who are outside our normal natural circle.  We have a deep capacity to love.

There is healing that happens when we love.  We experience a sense of well-being, giving proof to the rightness that we are made to love.  Loving others give us the power to heal our own hearts, to improve our own emotional and psychological well-being. In many cases, the best anti-depressant is to look outside ourselves to the welfare of others.

There is power we receive from being loved.  We are shaped by the love we receive. From the moment of our birth, we reach out for its comfort.  As we grow, we require love to give our lives the spark that is necessary to become healthy, strong adults both physically and emotionally.

We thrive on being loved; however, the sad fact is there are many people in our world who don’t experience being loved.  There are those who barely exist in severe forms of neglect and actually fade away from the absence of love in their lives. They even live in the extreme where lack of love can be deadly.

Looking backwards, which I am prone to do the older I get, I’ve seen how love brings healing and life.  However, I have also encountered children who have been forgotten, hidden away, and severely neglected in orphanages throughout Asia.  On my initial visit to one such orphanage in the early 1990’s, nearly a hundred little ones in the toddler ward lay on their backs without movement inside metal cribs.  There were too many babies compared to the severe lack of staff.  These children did not receive the care and loving touch that all little ones desperately need.  There simply was not enough time for the limited staff to be nurturing.  The children lay on wooden boards or thin straw mats, and some were tied to their beds.  Their bodies wore the signs of severe neglect.  They made no sound, and the silence was heartbreaking!  Amid extremely poor conditions, many of them simply wasted away.

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Over time, a partnership developed between the outside volunteers who regularly visited and the staff of this orphanage.  It was astonishing to see that after only a short period of time, whenever the volunteers appeared from around the corner and entered the room, the children’s arms would lift in a gesture that said, “Hug me – hold me.” The children quickly learned that someone cared and was there to love them.  They were desperate for that love.  

From silence to shouts of joy!  The children began to survive, even thrive, as they received the love that was offered to them by those who were simply there to care.  It was beautiful to behold, life then joy being born in the eyes of these once severely neglected children.  It was incredible to witness their personalities awaken and bubble to the surface as they received love.

It’s as if we don’t come alive and thrive until we have been loved. The power of love was amazing to behold.

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Over time, a partnership developed between the outside volunteers who regularly visited and the staff of this orphanage.  It was astonishing to see that after only a short period of time, whenever the volunteers appeared from around the corner and entered the room, the children’s arms would lift in a gesture that said, “Hug me – hold me.” The children quickly learned that someone cared and was there to love them.  They were desperate for that love.  

From silence to shouts of joy!  The children began to survive, even thrive, as they received the love that was offered to them by those who were simply there to care.  It was beautiful to behold, life then joy being born in the eyes of these once severely neglected children.  It was incredible to witness their personalities awaken and bubble to the surface as they received love.

It’s as if we don’t come alive and thrive until we have been loved. The power of love was amazing to behold.

Rebecca

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

(1 Corinthians 12:13)

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