The following comments are for "Blinding the Will to Live" by MaxiiJ
WINDCHIME: Not So, Beloved Wordsmyth!
Bless you for your kind words.
However, Me thinks NOT that 'exquisite' be found a weapon of offense, my dear: No fear here of that, for the balm of thy kindness dost bathe me in blessing for its sweetness... that's quite contrar' to castigating words which bite and tear the soul of Man and choak the human heart. These two truths I know: 1) Love is the only thing against which there is no law, not in earth nor heaven; and 2) Love indeed covers a multitude of ills, unlike sarcasm and castigation, which kill. And thy words found no offense in me!
Perhaps I needed to write that last line as
"Death by negative adjectives!"
Windchime, Again, NOT so...
FairBeauty in Words, again, me thinks not. It is impossible for thee to love me... "to death."
Love is the absence of all things dealing with death, according to my understanding of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8,13 in the bible, which says in essence: "Love (charity in its purest form) suffereth long for its beloved, and is kind in all circumstances; Love envieth not; Love does not puff itself up with conceit, nor put itself first in line for power and pride; Love does not behave itself in any negative fashion, seeketh not her own ways; Love is not easily angered over anything, nor does she dwell on any evil thing; She does not take pleasure in iniquity, but rejoices at truth: Love is strong enough to bear all things by herself, believes in all good and honorable things for the object of her affection, and hopes all good things for them: Love endures (bears up) under the pressure of all things.
Now, of all things which abide forever are Faith, Hope and Love: and the greatest of these is Love." [My paraphrase and my plumbline from the Bible.]
This is the star I am shooting for in this life: to know such love from the inside out. I had an experience with that kind of love last Christmas when I was taking several heavy packages to the postoffice. A young woman biker with tatooes all over her body, carrying a large envelope, held the door for me to pass through. In taking advantage of her jesture I said, "Thank you, Sweetheart!"
She looked at me in surprise and said, "That's something I've never been called before! I don't think that fits me!"
And I said, "Yes, it most assuredly does! For sweetness is seen in small things, done willingly and without forethought of personal return! It is a reflex of the heart. You didn't have to hold that door for me, but you did. You didn't have to give me your place in line, but you did. God has taught me to look upon the heart to know the person, therefore, I see what is hidden in your heart by your actions. And God is never wrong. Indeed, you are a Sweet Heart!"
After a long talk while we waited, I think she made a decision to turn her life from roughness to sweetness because she said the direction she was going didn't take her where she wanted to go.
Sometimes it just takes a moment to see something you've looked for all your life.
If you're interested in seeing what goodness (in God) looks like, here's my site for it:
Blinding the Will to Live
If I want to learn a thing or two, I go to your page. This makes me remember an adage that goes like this: 'Sticks and stones will hurt you but not words', which is common but so cruel and untrue.
Thanks madam. I have read this several times last week, but I can comment only now. I look forward to more of your new posts.
Thank you all for gracious words...
I enjoy sharing what I know, especially with those who enjoy learning it, but I can not always take the time required of me to be here. I, too, learn a lot from y'all (southern accent is how I talk)...
Our fellowship here is, indeed, sweet, even when we don't see eye-to-eye. Sometimes, I need my eyes opened to facets of life I have not yet tasted! Your writing helps me do that. Thank you all so much.
Posted by: MaxiiJ [Member] On: August 23, 2004
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