Grow in Love and Wisdom

What does it mean to grow in love and wisdom? Can we have one and not the other? A beautiful horse gallops across the grassy fields on a warm summer’s day; the swiftness of its beating hooves a delicate sound of thunder. Unharnessed and alone it is free to roam the country at whim. Yet how long can it run unchecked with the dangers that surround.

Unbounded love without direction can be likened to an innocent child with a heart warm and wide as the ocean; bold and fearless, though completely vulnerable to the wilds that abound. But when love goes hand in hand with wisdom, people connect and care for one another. It is a give and take, and yet it is better to give, for it widens the channel for giving, thus love is magnified and made abundant. Together we grow in love and wisdom.

It could be said that kindness is the first child of love & wisdom, for she can be likened onto a gentle rain that falleth from heaven, nurturing and sustaining the balance of all that is good and wholesome. Her touch softens the rigidity of an old tree that yearns to father the creatures that take shelter under its noble branch.

Yet if you over-water a plant with kindness, its capacity to stand tall on its own will falter and its stem will bend under the slightest pressure. On the contrary, an insufficient amount of water will cause it to wither away. It is through the golden mean – a balance between extremes – that the plant is able to flower and thrive. Therefore in order for kindness to be kindness it must draw its sustenance from both love and wisdom.

But what is wisdom and how does it interact with love? Wisdom is the chord that unites the people, and is the bases for sound reasoning, and if we follow that harmonious chord back to its source, through love, which is the integration of all the virtues, then we shall see face to face an ineffable beauty, a silent logos, and what the poets echo as sublime.

So in what way is Love the integration of all the virtues? It is as a hen who gathers her chicks under her wings. For love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking… It is in this way that Love manifests her unconditional nature, holding together as one the many without separation, filling the human heart with her essence.

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8 Responses to Grow in Love and Wisdom

  1. A silent logos… how beautiful is that. Yes I see love like the colour white: it’s a prism full of all colors. What a profound post.

  2. JC says:

    Love, sure to scew your life up, but what a marvelous screwup it will be. Good post.. jc

  3. Andrew Tulloch says:

    A great read! It reminds me of a distinct, but similar observation by Martin Luther King Jr in his less well known but brilliant speech ‘Where do we go from here’: “Power without love is reckless and abusive and love without power is sentimental an anemic”.

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