To feel ourselves beloved

If I have a faith that can move mountains,
but do not have love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13


View from the cross, James Tissot

Sinking into the ground which is love

Witnesses, both classical and contemporary, in film and poetry, point to the centrality of love as a touchstone, and as an elemental desire in experiencing life at a deeply connected  level.

The graced and troubled poet Raymond Carver had the following lines carved on his tombstone:

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.

Late Fragment

The 2001 musical film Moulin Rouge beats out a single refrain throughout its tale:

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return"

The Orthodox church offers icons as a key means of prayer, namely receiving and returning the love of God in an attentive gaze.

The apostle Paul plainly states that if he has faith that can move mountains, but does not have love, he is nothing.

We sink into this love and are found and enabled to find and locate each other.


Do we take time to sink into this love?