How Do I Love Thee?
 
How do we love? Do we count the ways? Do we even give how we love a second thought most days? Like all things you don't really think that much about how much you love or how you love someone until they are gone.   In a lifetime there are so many that we love. Some are in our lives for most of our lives. Some come for only a brief time.  It is those I think that we  truly count all the ways that we loved them. We remember times and places and faces of people who passed through our lives and indeed faded into our past. People die. People move on, but love usually lives on long after people are gone. 
Another observation of love is this: You hurt the ones you love the most.  This too is true I suppose.  Things we do in our everyday lives makes little impact on passing acquaintances, but little things hurt big when they are done to those we love.
Who do you love the most? Have you done anything to hurt them lately? Take the time to think about it and sincerely try to do something to help ease the hurt.  Sometime hurt feeling are harbored, and kept inside. Those harbored hurts grow and fester and become big holes in the heart which seem unmendable. Hurt turns to bitterness and love can easily turn to hate.
Don't let hurt go and grow.  Humble yourselves. Apologize. Rethink. Redo. Restart.
Count those you love and count the hurts you have inflicted on them.
Don't count yourself out of their lives.  One day they may fade into your past.  Let them fade with happy loving memories.
May we all strive to love others as Christ loves.
 
 
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3
 
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