Things I love about you!
This week we celebrate Valentine’s Day, which was also my parents’ wedding anniversary. They were married 50 years before Mum was widowed. I say it that way because she missed Dad very much, every day. He was part of who she was. Both were strong personalities and they had an ‘interesting marriage’. Amongst the things they loved, they loved free and frank conversations – especially with each other, and often to the angst of us children. But that was their way of doing marriage and they loved it. The pretty pictures used to symbolise Valentine’s Day just don’t ring true with Mum and Dad’s relationship – it was far more real than those pictures. Being real, it was also messy, but in the midst of the messiness they knew there were things they loved and admired about each other and they let each other know what they were. I think that was part of their success, recognising and conveying what they loved in the other.
What is successful in marriage can also be successful in our relationship with God. Instead of just drifting in that relationship, each of us can consider what it is we love about God. We each have special things. And we can ask ourselves what it is that God loves about us. God had a unique glorious vision in mind when we were each created. Ask God what it is that is delightful about you.
Loving God, you created us in love and we are made to love. Send us your Spirit to guide our minds and hearts that we may discover and delight in what you have made in us. We ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear us.
Sr Kym Harris osb