The Work of Love

When I mention the phrase the “work of love”, I’m not referring to work or a vocation we love to do. I’m referring to work we do because we love. This work is the inner work we do for the reason that we love the ones who are helped by our inner work.

This is inner work we do to feed those we love – who are hungry.  We clothe those we love, we put a roof over their head, we take them to school, support them in their games, help them with their stuff, work to heal them if they are injured, and all because they need.  We want the best for them, a good life for them, and so we work to accomplish this because we love.  (I’m not just referring to children.)

But, that’s not where it ends.

In addition, we do the inner work of teaching about life – for those who seek to learn, because we love them, and we want them to have knowledge and understanding of life.

We do the inner work to comfort them, because we love them. We know that sorrow and suffering exists, and we know that they will feel their share in life. We do the inner work to comfort them, because we want them to be comforted when they suffer, so they know that they are not alone in their pain. We do the inner work so they will experience healing of their sorrow coming from receiving the love they can experience, and then in knowing that love does exist in a world that also has sorrow and pain… and death.

We are kind to them, because we love them. We want those we love to know the healing that kindness brings – healing the soul and the heart, healing the mind, and even healing our physical bodies. We do the inner work of love bringing kindness into the worlds of those we love, so they know there is kindness to be received and, in turn, kindness to give. We do the inner work of love in being kind, in order to help them become aware that kindness is real; and in being kind, showing that love is real.

Those we love, we are patient with, because we want them to know they are not wrong or bad just because they haven’t yet learned something. We are patient, because we know becoming aware still requires yet more time and effort, like it has with ourselves. We are patient, because learning is a process we went through over a long time, and it will be this way for them, as well.

Those we love, we are patient with, also because we want them to come to believe in a God that is patient, giving all of us what we need, even time – to learn and grow and love, giving us time to understand one another, giving us time to forgive each other, to show mercy to one another, to learn how to choose to have faith in one another, and to learn to be able to live with one another in our world. We do the inner work of being patient, because we love the ones who we want to receive patience, to show them they and their well-being are just as important as all life on this planet is important.

To those we love, we do the inner work of forgiving, because we want them to be forgiven, so they may be cleansed anew without chains of shame and guilt overwhelming them with the weight of one’s past. We forgive, because we hope to give them the experience of being loved for who they are – a human, a soul, a spirit – rather than what they did. Those we love, we forgive, because we want them to be able to receive love, and then give out love by forgiving others.  To those we love, we try to pass on the awareness that there will never be peace on Earth until there is forgiveness in the Earth.  We try to demonstrate this, as we live our life, knowing others are watching us, and learning how to live their lives through our examples.

Those we love, we show mercy, because we have walked in the same shoes and know how difficult life can many times be, how difficult it is to try to do our best, how many times we fail at what we strive for, how often we are selfish instead of unselfish, how often we criticize and condemn, instead of comfort, how often we add suffering to people’s lives instead of ending the suffering, how often we deny others life instead of supporting others’ lives. Those we love, we give mercy, because we ourselves have gained new life from being shown mercy. We’ve gained new help, new healing and new beginnings. We’ve gained new chances and new hope from receiving mercy.

When we do the inner work of love, we experience long-suffering, because we know that sometimes others choose to reject our love, our hope for them, our kindness, our patience, and our forgiveness. When doing the inner work of love for those we love, we know that those we love will choose to cause pain and suffering, that those we love will choose to crucify rather than heal. We experience long-suffering, even when we don’t admit we experience it. Because of our experiences of long-suffering, the inner work of love means for us to give ourselves patience, mercy, kindness, understanding, forgiveness, as well, so that we can carry on with the inner work of love that we strive to fulfill.

And finally,

when doing the work of love, we remember that the source of all love, Infinite Love, and unending Love, sends us the messenger of love, who speaks in our ear, in our mind and in our hearts, as He says “Love one another, as …

I Love You.”

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