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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Love (04/27/06)

TITLE: Precious and Profound
By Lauren Beyenhof
04/27/06


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Love. It is a word tossed about so carelessly by many. The beauty of its meaning has been tarnished nearly beyond recognition. Have we forgotten the gravity of this word? Have we lost touch with the Giver of this gift--the One who is the embodiment and epitome of so profound a blessing?

I thought I knew what love is. I thought that my intellect could somehow define this mystery. I based my definition of love on limited worldly experiences--my interactions with the opposite sex and observations of those who claimed to have found love. What a naive point of view. I had accepted a reality rooted in fairy tales. Like a child who wishes upon a star, I wished upon love only to find it was a disappointment. Love is not something to be found, it is a gift to be received.

Even in my wanton foolishness, I was not beyond the reach of real love. God found me in my emptiness. He spoke to my heart and revealed to me that which is greater than anything I had thought possible. Love is not social, it is spiritual. With this realization I now have formed a new definition of love. I have a more accurate picture of what it means to be held in such high regard by the One who knows me fully. God accepts me just as I am, yet he refuses to let me go on as such. He has transformed me.

God is love, and I am loved by God. My beloved is mine and I am His. No other gift is more precious. No definition more profound.


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Phyllis Inniss 05/05/06
I like your article. When we open our hearts to God we understand what love truly is, as you say "Precious and Profound" and we don't go searching for it. It comes to us.
Mark Anthony Belosa05/05/06
I like this piece. So simple. Yet so profound. God bless you!
Catherine Pollock05/09/06
It is so true that we get so caught up in the worldy definition of what love is that we either don't know or forget to look to the true source of love. Thanks for a wonderful reminder of that.
Rachel Rudd05/09/06
Thanks for the reminder of what love truly is!
I liked this line...
"Love is not something to be found, it is a gift to be received."
I wonder if you could tell more of your story...more of what it was like before you found real love and what it was like finding it. Just a suggestion.