Perhaps Love

My friends, throughout all of history poets and song writers and authors have tried to describe love. This song below, written by John Denver captures the elusiveness of describing what love is by its mere title, “Perhaps Love”. The lyrics of the song make many attempts to compare love to something. Take a moment to read the lyrics and if you can spare just a few minutes more, click the link and watch the You Tube video and listen to this beautiful song. Then after listening to the song and reading the lyrics, let’s set speculation aside and see what LOVE REALLY IS!

Click here to listen to the song on You Tube.

Perhaps Love- John Denver & Placido Domingo

Perhaps love is like a resting place

A shelter from the storm

It exists to give you comfort

It is there to keep you warm

And in those times of trouble

When you are most alone

The memory of love will bring you home

Perhaps love is like a window

Perhaps an open door

It invites you to come closer

It wants to show you more

And even if you lose yourself

And don’t know what to do

The memory of love will see you through

Oh, Love to some is like a cloud

To some as strong as steel

For some a way of living

For some a way to feel

And some say love is holding on

And some say letting go

And some say love is everything

And some say they don’t know

Perhaps love is like the ocean

Full of conflict, full of pain

Like a fire when it’s cold outside

Thunder when it rains

If I should live forever

And all my dreams come true

My memories of love will be on you

And some say love is holding on

And some say letting go

And some say love is everything

Some say they don’t know

Perhaps love is like the ocean

Full of conflict, full of pain

Like a fire when it’s cold outside

Or thunder when it rains

If I should live forever

And all my dreams come true

My memories of love will be on you

As I said, John Denver tried to capture the essence of love in his song, but the lyrics are just speculation-perhaps, perhaps, perhaps, so then, what is love? Well, let’s take a look in the Bible at a couple of this past week’s readings. The Bible reveals the truth about love!

1 John 4:7-10

Beloved, let us love one another,

because love is of God;

everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.

Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.

In this way the love of God was revealed to us:

God sent his only-begotten Son into the world

so that we might have life though him.

In this is love:

not that we have loved God, but that he loved us

and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

1John 4:11-18

Beloved, if God so loved us,

we also must love one another.

No one has ever seen God.

Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,

and his love is brought to perfection in us.

This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,

that he has give us of his Spirit.

Moreover, we have seen and testify

that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world.

Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,

God remains in him and he in God.

We have come to know and to believe in the love God hasfor us.

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

1 John 4:19

Beloved, we love God because he first loved us.

So there we have it. God is love! We just read that “whoever remains in love remains in God.” As Christians we have been called to take this news of God’s love to all the ends of the earth. The movie Les Miserables is out in the theatres right now and I highly recommend it. Let me conclude with a quote written by Victor Hugo and sung by Jean Valjean at the end of the movie.

“Take my hand and lead me to salvation, take my love for love is everlasting, and remember the truth that once was spoken, to love another person is to see the face of God.”

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father, I no longer have to speculate as to what true love really is. It was demonstrated when you allowed your only Son to die on a cross for the forgiveness of my sins. Give me the courage to share the love you have for me with those I encounter today. Amen.

Brian Pusateri

Brian Pusateri

Brian is a Christian author and speaker. Brian, a lifelong Catholic, felt his life was forever changed when God spoke to his heart while attending an eight day silent Christian retreat in November of 2011. Soon after that retreat Brian founded 4th Day Letters and Broken Door Ministries. With the God inspired message of mercy and unconditional love that was placed on his heart during that retreat, Brian has been impacting others all over the country and around the world with his weekly letters, his talks, and his all day Christian retreats. Brian’s life was again impacted in a very dramatic way when his eyesight suddenly became permanently impaired due to a diagnosis of Multiple Scleroses (MS) in June of 2014. This health challenge has only served to draw Brian closer to God and bolster the importance of this timely yet ageless message.
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