I Believe in Love Because Love is the Final Word

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI don’t know about you, but when I think of love, I don’t picture rainbows and confetti. In my thirty-five years of life, I have experienced the kind of love that empties me of myself over and over and over. A love that costs. A love that hurts.

But you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for all the rainbows and confetti in the world.

Sure, I treasure my romantic memories of my heart skipping a beat at the excitement of newfound love. But mostly I think love happens in the mundane. In the slowness. In our everyday living lives. I have come face-to-face with the boldest, clearest expressions of love in some of the most unsuspecting places.

I have experienced it in the eyes of my husband on our wedding day eleven years ago and in the cold, sterile air of the oncology ward as he battled cancer. I have seen the richness of love in my children, some adopted, some from my womb, as they held hands like the siblings they are. I have witnessed hard-fought-for love in the lives of my neighbors in the inner city, whose dignity has been threatened by injustice and addiction. I have seen love in graveyards and cancer wards. Maternity wings and funeral homes. Court rooms and counselor’s offices. Street corners and church pews.

I guess that’s the thing about love: It’s always there. All around us. In each of us. In the broken and the beautiful things of life. Love is both/and. It is the rain and the sun. The sweet and the salty. The rich and the poor. The life and the death.

I believe in love, because love is the final word.

Lindsy

Lindsy loves Jesus, her husband, their five kids, hot tea and good tattoos. Her family lives in inner-city Miami and when she’s not homeschooling her kids or loving on her neighbors, she writes about faith, justice, race and downward mobility at lightbreaksforth.com, and chats it up on the Upside Down Podcast. I believe in love because love is the final word.
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