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Monday, February 28, 2011

Love's Madness

The madness of love
is a blessed fate;
and if we understood this
we would seek no other:
it brings into unity
what was divided,
and this is the truth:
bitterness it makes sweet,
it makes the stranger a neighbor,
and what was lowly it raises on high.

   ~ Hadewijch of Antwerp, 13th century mystic and poet

Love is amazing and has a way of turning everything upside down at times. The weak become the strong, the broken become whole, courage is given to the meek  and boundaries shatter as love unites those who were once divided. Instead of seeing the worldly differences in others we start to recognize Christ in the eyes of strangers who are just brothers and sisters we have not formally met yet. When God's love permeates our souls, reaching to their furthest corners, stereotypes, bitterness and labels no longer have room in them and what is left is compassion and peace.

Our God's love is amazing!

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your infinite and pure love. For teaching our hearts compassion and empathy.  Help our illusions and attachments fade into obscurity as we no longer cling to them but focus exclusively on your love. Help us to spread love and light to those around us. Help us bring love and laughter, joy and truth into our homes, into our conversations with those who we meet, both old acquaintances and new. May we never cease to bring you glory. May we seek your Love above all others and may it transform us more and more into the likeness of Christ.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.


  1. God's love empowers all who are willing to open up their hearts and souls, it's life altering in so many ways. It's truly unlike any other love and is uncomparable to mere earthly loves, if we all accepted God's love then this world would truly change for the better. Nice post!!

  2. Amen...words of truth! Thank you for your comments, so glad you liked this post. This world would be gloriously transformed for sure if people would accept and reflect God's love! Something to pray for :)

  3. So thankful to have been introduced to "Love's Madness" and Hadewijch of Antwerp, 13th century mystic and poet. How much truth can be said in 10 lines. And your prayer... oh the prayer spoke volumes too.

  4. Beautiful words those - Kriti - http://kriti-howaboutthis.blogspot.com

  5. Beautiful post.........Love is the only cure to all pain....if you can't give anything give LOVE...because nothing is more valuable than that :D

  6. Thanks Kriti, I love your blog :)

  7. Abhisek...so true...nothing is more valuable than love! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting :)

  8. You always give me such beautiful things to think about. Thanks!

  9. Debra...I loved his poem too! Filled with truths! Thanks for your comment, glad you enjoyed the prayer.~blessings

  10. Beautifully said Jessica. The poet speaks from within

  11. What a beautiful poem! I've never heard it before. :-)

  12. I don't know what I will do without God's love:)

  13. I love this. I try to live by this. I shared your beautiful post! Hope you have a wonderful day.