When I was a teen, I was an avid fan of the Love Is comic strip. I still have a scrapbook full of them, cut from the comics page of the Observer-Reporter that I pored over most evenings, sprawled on the floor of my gram’s kitchen. Even though I wasn’t exactly boy crazy, my ideas of love and relationships were certainly in the formative stages at that point, and Love Is contributed to the reality that love is not about me.
Several weeks ago in a message, our pastor suggested that “love moves us away from ourselves and towards others.” I always appreciate images and pictures that help to make concepts like love liveable, tangible realities.
I think my verse for the year, the one God seems to keep pounding through my head and working into my heart, is that passage where Jesus boils down all the commands of God to just two: loving God and our neighbor. (Mark 12:29-31). A question I’m loving (excuse the pun) is “what would Love do?”
So with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d pose a fill-in-the blank question, simply this: Love Is ______________. What does love look like for you? How do you express love? How do you receive love? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
P.S. The above graphic is a scan of one of about 20 some Love Is cartoons I still have. Clothing complements of my mom, who insisted that the little munchkins were not welcome in my scrapbook sans clothing (I did have fun coloring them in!)
P.P.S. The date this is posted has great significance for me, it being the date of my gram’s birth . . . certainly one of the greatest examples of love I have ever known.