Saint John of the Cross compared faith to feet by which we journey toward God, and love is our guide. It is ironic that during the years that I could not actually use my feet because of disease, I continued to walk spiritually toward God. And yes, love was my guide. Now as an old man, I am discovering that the whole of my life — even in its darkest times — has been a journey toward love in its various forms:
LaRee and I are acutely aware that we are being led
rather than leading. Our journey toward the love of God has an intimate connection to our love for each other. We are startled at the sudden change of direction in our journey of and toward love.
Over the past few months, I have discovered there is
something that needs to heal and something that needs to die, something that needs to be rejected and something that needs to be embraced, There is something that needs to stop and something that must begin, something that needs to be changed and something that needs to be celebrated.
I think LaRee and I are getting to the heart of what matters in life and love. The purpose of life is to grow in love without strings attached. Trust that is broken must be forgiven. We must trust again without fear of whether it is wise or not. Our example is Christ. He forgave me when I thought I was unforgivable. He loves me though I may seem unlovable.
Christ loved those who hurt him—he is God-made-man  and God is love. The journey toward the source of love (personified with the Incarnation) is the whole purpose for my time on earth. And I suspect that in your heart of hearts you will discover the same is true for you.
 John 1.9, 14, 1John 4.2., Luke 1.35., 14.9, Romans 1.4., Colossians.1.15. Hebrews. 1.2-3.
 1John 4.8.
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