Sunday, May 10, 2009

The First Love

I read these this morning. Enjoy it.

"Open Yourself to the First Love"
The love that came to you in particular, concrete human friendships and that awakened your dormant desire to be completely and unconditionally loved was real and authentic. It does not have to be denied as dangerous and idolatrous. A love that comes to you through human beings is true, God-given love and needs to be celebrated as such...The task is not to die to life-giving relationships but to realize that the love you recieved in them is part of a greater love. God has given you a beautiful self. There God dwells and loves you with the first love, which precededs all human love. You carry your own beautiful, deeply loved self in your heart. You can and must hold on to the truth of the love in others who see your goodness and love you...

-Henri Nouwen's "The Inner Voice of Love"

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