That word, “love”

Yep, it’s Valentine’s Day. Sorry, there is no history I will offer on Saint Valentine of Rome. I have become colonized to the history of Hallmark cards and flowers; that’s really sad on my part, but I’m just being honest. Anyway, thinking about love today I wondered all the ways I have looked at this word, love, through all of my 61 years and nope, Hallmark won’t come calling. Here is what I found:

  • Love is Mom
  • Love is strange
  • Love is desiring
  • Love is hard
  • Love is breathless
  • Love is painful
  • Love is tiresome
  • Love is determined
  • Love is intentional
  • Love is blistering
  • Love is happiness
  • Love is sad
  • Love is healing
  • Love is kind
  • Love is sexy
  • Love is dangerous
  • Love is crazy
  • Love is satisfying
  • Love is transparent
  • Love is scary
  • Love is demanding
  • Love is acceptance
  • Love is justice
  • Love is God

I’m pretty sure my list will grow a little more. I might even look at love a little bit different in my seventies. But this is what I know for sure, “LOVE bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. LOVE NEVER FAILS.” 1st Corinthians 13:7

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


God Values You

Today I find myself in a place that is comforting and peaceful. I am in the arms of my God who provides me love and acceptance. I experienced a worship service this morning where I got the opportunity to see people who don’t look like me, be compassionate, be joyful, be whole and free, worshiping their God who loves and accepts them. I saw beautiful Queer Black men singing songs of Zion, hearing from God and providing a moving sermon that challenges us to see all of God’s creation.

I cried. Tears came out of nowhere. They were not tears of sorrow, but tears releasing all that I kept tangled up in my spirit in this pandemic and period of injustice; fear, anger, hurt, disappointment, worry. The tears came when these amazing brothers opened their beautiful voices to the heavens and sang one of the perfect hymns of the church, “Great is Thy Faithful”. The tears came as I listened to the last verse:

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside. Great is Thy Faithfulness! Great is Thy Faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided, Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

I saw how God cared so much for those that have been abused and scorned, chastised and cast out. In the midst of all that is wrong in the world, these beautiful souls shared a loving God to a broken sister who thought she was too tough to cry. God’s faithfulness reminds me that I am safe and loved and because of His and Her faithfulness, all are valued and worthy of God’s love.

I searched to find a version of the song so you can hear clearly. I could not find the song sang by those amazing voices I heard in my worship experience, but I will share this one which I fell in love with by Anthems Light Band. (I do not have rights to this song). Listen and know you are loved by God.

Be blessed!


It’s quiet. I should be doing something. Maybe turn the TV on? Bathroom needs cleaning. Wait, do I hear squirrels in the attic? No. Maybe I should check out twitter to find out the latest happenings. Oh well, there goes spending time with myself.

Ok, I will give myself another chance. Let me start all over again.

It’s quiet.


Glad to see you today!