The fullness of peace

A tree that caught my eye while walking in Culver City, California 2011

A tree that caught my eye while I was walking in Culver City, California 2011

“Not for me is the love that knows no restraint…Send me the love that is cool and pure like Your rain, which blesses the thirsty earth and fills the homely earthen jars. Send me the love that would soak down into the center of being, and from there would spread like the unseen sap through the branching tree of life, giving birth to fruits and flowers. Send me the love that keeps the heart still with the fullness of peace.”Rabindranath Tagore

Almost 20 years ago, I made Jeff a valentine that had this passage from Tagore on the front.  It seemed the perfect tribute for my steadfast and taciturn husband.  “Stable” and “reliable” and “disciplined” are not the first words that come to mind when one thinks of romance, but Jeff’s love has given me a constancy and balance that I lacked before I met him.  Now I pray daily for a miracle of healing that will enable us to grow old together.

On this Valentine’s Day, I wish contentment and happiness for those who are single. For those who are married to someone you love, treasure this gift and realize how much we all tend to take it for granted.

This post was originally published seven years ago today. You can view the original with comments here.

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