Two are better than one

Love has form and meaning, only when it takes the form of the cross."
                                                                                                    Ann Voskamp

I've chose to illustrate Adam & Eve and a little corner of garden of Eden, because when I think of their love before the falling, I think of a perfect love in a perfect fellowship  with the Creator. This image that I have in mind  give  me so much joy when I think of it... So there it is, the illustration, and a few words about how I see true love.

Love means giving,  and we cannot give ourselves entirely until we understand the way Christ gave Himself for us. He give Himself so we can have an abundant life that will mirror in eternity.
Receiving His offering, we are being healed of all the shades of selfishness that hides inside of a soul who lacks God's love in it.. the unforgiveness, the discontentment, the self-centeredness and so on..  Only through the love of Christ overflowing in our hearts we can have a pure and profound love one for  another,  that type on love  that gives itself unconditionally, until the end!
Like faith, love  also is an act of willing that doesn't depend on emotions. The feelings arrived by emotions are limited, and I think the will is superior to them  because it  values a commitment more than a feeling.  Yes, I know, life becomes tricky sometimes, but  if we don't hold straight to the  promises we've made, feelings can make us do things we will later regret, and we risk to harm people... but people are to be loved not to be harmed.
Precious things never come easy, and there is a battle to be won, the battle with our own wickedness,  that searches to fulfill  only what's best for itself, and puts the "I" always first.  If the "I" would be crucified in the favor of others, this world would be a better place to live in, and separation in families or between friends would not exist. This is not an idealistic idea,  but one who speaks about the love of Christ  in the life of man and how this love renews a heart  and teaches it to love with a  love that leads into eternity.  Thankfully I've learned  much of this kind of love with my husband who is one of the most selfless person I know,  and for which I am forever grateful.  I've also learned a precious thing in all these years of  being a christian, that we become more beautiful when we give ourselves to others.

"For it is in giving that we receive"

                                                         Saint Francis of Assisi


Mai bine doi decat unul

"Dragostea are forma si sens, numai cand ia forma crucii."

                                                                      Ann Voskamp

Am ales sa ilustrez  pe Adam si Eva intr-un coltisor din gradina Eden,  pentru ca atunci cand ma gandesc la dragostea lor de inaintea caderii ma gandesc la o dragoste perfecta intr-un cadru feeric si intr-o partasie perfecta cu Creatorul. Asadar, iata si ilustratia impreuna cu cateva ganduri despre cum vad eu dragostea adevarata.

Dragostea inseamna daruire, iar noi nu ne putem darui in intregime decat daca intelegem cum s-a daruit Hristos cu totul noua, pentru ca noi sa putem avea o viata care sa se rasfranga in vesnicie si nu doar o viata finita aici pe pamant.
Primind daruirea Lui ne videcam de tot negrul sufletului..   ne vindecam de neiertare, de nemultumire, de prea multa iubire de sine si de toate nuantele egoismului  ce se ascund intr-un suflet lipsit de dragostea Lui. Caci numai prin dragostea Lui Hristos revarsata in inimile noastre putem iubi cu o iubire curata si plina de profunzime, o iubire care se daruieste pe sine intr-un mod neconditionat, pana la capat.  
Dragostea, ca si credinta, este  tot un act de vointa ce nu depinde in mod principal de simtire. Sentimentele venite in urma emotiilor sunt limitate, iar vointa este un act superior simtirii pentru ca ea pune mai presus de ceea ce simte, legamantul  facut. Viata de multe ori ia intorsaturi ciudate si cateodata devine dificil de inaintat pe cale, dar a merge condus de simturi e ca si cum te-ai lasa dus de valuri. Atunci cand nu ne tinem strans de promisiunile pe care le-am facut, si renuntam la lupta, emotiile ne pot insela si ne pot duce pe taramuri gresite, urmate de alegeri pe care le putem regreta si care pot rani oamenii... iar oamenii trebuie sa fie iubiti si nu raniti...
Orice lucru pretios nu poate fi obtinut usor, exista o lupta ce trebuie castigata,  o lupta cu propriul nostru "eu"  ce cauta doar sa se implineasca pe sine insusi. Dar daca am rastigni acest sine pentru cei din jur, pamantul acesta ar deveni un loc mai bun si separarile din familii sau despartirile  dintre  prieteni  nu ar mai exista.  Nu,  nu este un gand idealist, ci unul real, vazut in vietile multor oameni. Am vazut de multe ori cat de frumos devine caracterul unui om cand este inundat de dragostea Lui Dumnezeu.  Am vazut roadele acestui lucru, roadele rastignirii unui sine pentru cei din jur, si cum iubind  cu o dragoste intreaga ea duce in eternitate.  Ma smeresc inaintea faptului ca am fost si eu daruita unui om cu multa daruire de sine si astfel am putut gusta in ultimii cinci ani din aceasta dragoste despre care am scris. Ma gandesc ca a te lasa infrumusetat inseamna a te frange daruindu-te zilnic... si ca defapt asa Hristos ia chip in noi.

"Prin daruire primim."
                                      Sfântul Francisc de Assisi


His smile

 “The beauty of this world is Christ's tender smile coming to us through matter.”  Simone Weil, Waiting for God

This morning, as earlier as it can be called early for a person who is not an early bird, I woke up and everything was white, "it's still snowing" I've said!! I got up from the bed, I dressed myself up with the warmest clothes I've found, I've put some bread in a brawn paper bag and warm tea in my thermos, then I left the house to fed the mew gulls in the snow.  With the camera on my shoulder, all muffled up as I was about to leave into a big adventure to  the North Pole :)),  walking  with the nose in the wind and with the biggest smile on my face, I notice that I am not the only one who is amazed by all the beauty around! While I say "bonjour' and share smiles with the passengers, I think and whisper 'Thank You God, for Your Smile!", this smile which fils the world unconditionally...

Maybe... maybe through this discipline of counting the gifts that we receive daily, we become people who see more the beauty than the ugliness and the good more than the bad. And this  will take us into living a life that grows higher over the life raging waters. To live a victorious life means to pass through all things looking at Jesus, looking at His tender smile, and walking forward in faith keeping the feet on the road that takes to Haven.

I hear joyful voices, I see children playing and smiling in the snow , I smile at their joy... I try not to think of my feet that are frozen and I can barely feel them, because I want to stay here. I want to multiply this instant with an eternity ... that the earth may always be white, and my soul unstained...

You are the wonder in me, the wonder in all that breaths and has life...



Frumusetea Lumii este zambetul bland al Lui Hristos care razbate pana la noi prin materie." (Simone Weil - Waiting for God)

Astazi, de dimineata, atat de dimineata cat poate insemna pentru un om care nu e prea matinal, m-am trezit si totul era alb, "inca ninge" mi-am spus! Apoi plina de bucurie m-am ridicat din pat, m-am imbracat cu cele mai groase haine pe care le-am gasit in dulap, am pus paine intr-o punga de hartie maronie si ceai in termos apoi am pornit sa hranesc pescarusii printre fulgii de nea. Cu aparatul foto pe umar si infofolita de parca as fi plecat intr-o mare aventura la Polul Nord :)) , in timp ce inaintez  cu nasul in vant si cu zambetul pana la urechi observ ca nu sunt singura uimita  de toata frumusetea din jur, de acest dar venit de sus, lucru care face ca bucuria mea sa creasca si mai mult. In timp ce spun "bonjour" si schimb zambete cu trecatorii, ma gandesc si soptesc "Iti multumesc Doamne pentru zambetul Tau!", acest zambet care coboara itr-un mod neconditionat si fara masura  peste toate fapturile pamantului...

Poate ca prin deprinderea cu obiceiul  de a numi darurile pe care le primim zilnic, devenim oameni care vad mai mult frumosul decat uratul si mai mult binele decat raul...  Iar de aici si trairea unei vieti care se inalta pana pe deasupra apelor involburate ale vietii. Sa traiesti fiind mai mult decat biruitor inseamna sa treci prin toate lucrurile nu prin puterea ta ci  privind tinta la Hristos,  privind tinta la zambetul Lui si inaintand in nadejde pe calea catre Cer!
Vad  zambete de copii cu obrajii rosii,  le aud glasurile vesele jucadu-se in zapada si ii vad minunandu-se asa cum doar copiii stiu sa o faca...

Incerc sa nu ma gandesc la picioarele mele care sunt inghetate si pe care abia le mai simt, pentru ca vreau sa raman aici... si sa inmultesc  clipa de acum cu o eternitate... sa fie mereu alb pamantul, la fel si sufletul meu curatit de Tine Doamne...

Tu esti minunea din mine, minunea din tot ce are viata si suflare...