16 March 2010

Love Finds Us

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. - Mother Teresa

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. - Erich Fromm

When we lived in Berlin, especially in the spring, I loved to sit and watch people move in and out of the subway, busy people with places to go. Homes are private, thoughts are private, but the subway we share. In a city like Berlin, it is an intimate part of everyday life.

The way people dress, what they carry in their hands, those who travel with them, all tell a story. – But what do we know about others? Behind their smiles or frowns what can we really know? – We all have secrets, things we barely whisper to ourselves, let alone tell someone else … they do, too.

Who can know the human heart? Who can untangle its web of emotion? Our souls cry out to be understood. We need something. We search in vain. We move with purpose like people on the subway, working, sometimes desperately grasping, but left to human devices, never finding.

Maybe we just want to be loved ... unconditionally this time.

The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. – 1 John 2:17

The world has lied to me so many times that I've stopped asking it for answers. The paradox of faith is that when we stop rummaging around for worldly answers, when we give up on our own ideas of how life should unfold … love finds us.

... Father, thank You for the gift of Love in the form of Your son, Jesus. Father, help us to turn our backs on the empty promises of the world. Command our spirits to be ready to recognize and accept Your gift of Love. In Jesus name we cry out to You ...


  1. This is truth. I want to say I've completely stopped asking the world for answers, but I don't know that I honestly can. Lord, help me...

    Thanks Russell.

  2. It was heartwarming to me--a retired mental health counselor--to find your blog. Thanks for following me on Twitter. Hope to tweet with you soon. PTL!

  3. Beautiful post of hope, Russell. Beautiful.

  4. good stuff.

  5. Jason - Praying for you. Please pray for me, too.

    Pat - Very cool to have a counselor follower. I'll be check ing you out on twitter as well.

    Anne - Blessings to you ... :-)

    nAncy - Thank you so much for stopping by. Bless you ... :-)

  6. I found you again! In the shuffling of my website, I lost some of the blogs I followed. So, I've rejoined you now, and I must say, I loved this post.

    I love to people watch too, but was surprised a few days ago when I saw a person that needed help, but I didn't stop. Not until the second time. I could tell you the whole story, but I just posted it on my blog today. Long story short, I was reproved by how I judge these people that we see during the day.

    I judged them without knowing them, and yes, most of them are indeed, just looking to be loved.


  7. Marty - Some good thoughts, I'm going to jump over to your blog and check out the post.

  8. Russell, This particular post really jumped out and said read me :). "The world has lied to me so many times that I've stopped asking it for answers." Can I use your insightful words as my motto? My family and close friends would say deception has certainly been a part of my life story, but you can clearly see that I keep growing stronger as a human being sheltered in God's love. Thanks for sharing!