Love and the Vine


Here is one of the fondest memories I have of Jane while she was growing up. This happened when she was about four years old. One chilly morning we brought her to her nursery-school. And as she gave me her usual goodbye hug and kiss, she held on a little bit tighter and whispered: “Lolo, you are warm.” That warmed my heart, to feel so loved with such innocence and unconditionally.

I believe in love even when I do not see it and there is only its warmth to tell me of its presence. There is so much of life we cannot see nor understand but encounter everyday. And often it takes the mind some time to understand what we already know in our heart of hearts. The eagle does not see the wind that lifts it up. Trees only feel the sun that feeds them continuously with energy. And the world is alive with a Presence that cannot be seen but is constantly felt as a life-giving force.

Love is the one and only principle that governs the universe. We came to be because of God’s love. I know that God exists. I believe that He made me, yes me in particular, because of love. That belief helps me make sense of everything happening in and around me. Cut that faith and I am lost and adrift. Might as well not exist anymore. Love is the energy with which the universe is aglow. Cut it off and there is no more universe.

“I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.”


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