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February 12, 2011

Last week at my aunt’s funeral, my dad shared about the power of love and our responsibility to choose and act through love. The following song (Something That We Do, by Clint Black) was also played:

I remember well the day we wed
I can see that picture in my head
I still believe the words we said
Forever will ring true
Love is certain, love is kind
Love is yours and love is mine
But it isn’t something that we find
It’s something that we do
It’s holding tight, lettin’ go
It’s flying high and laying low
Let your strongest feelings show
And your weakness, too
It’s a little and a lot to ask
An endless and a welcome task
Love isn’t something that we have
It’s something that we do
We help to make each other all that we can be
Though we can find our strength and inspiration independently
The way we work together is what sets our love apart
So closely that you can’t tell where I end and where you start
It gives me heart remembering how
We started with a simple vow
There’s so much to look back on now
Still it feels brand-new
We’re on a road that has no end
And each day we begin again
Love’s not just something that we’re in
It’s something that we do
We help to make each other all that we can be
Though we can find our strength and inspiration independently
The way we work together is what sets our love apart
So closely that you can’t tell where I end and where you start
Love is wide, love is long
Love is deep and love is strong
Love is why I love this song
And I hope you love it too
I remember well the day we wed
I can see that picture in my head
Love isn’t just those words we said
It’s something that we do
There’s no request too big or small
We give ourselves, we give our all
Love isn’t someplace that we fall
It’s something that we do

I sat there and saw pain and sadness in many eyes and as I looked again I think I saw new resolution in some of those eyes to love better. These lyrics were written about a marriage and how hard work and commitment is how we love each other. I believe these lyrics also apply to other relationships.

Our human relationships may never appear perfect in our eyes, but I believe God sees us working to love and sees that journey as perfect. Love is not always something we feel, it is something we choose to do.

It’s a choice to give up your right to think you know best ALWAYS.

It’s a choice to HEAR others when they are sharing something…even when you can’t understand it or when you disagree with it.

It’s a choice to love OTHERS as we love ourselves.

LOVE requires us to take the time to step back to ALWAYS HEAR OTHERS and then the courage to share with others.

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