May 20

Today's quotation:

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power.  Then will our world know the blessings of peace.

William Ewart Gladstone

Today's Meditation:

I've often heard the term "The power of love," but I had never before seen it in conjunction with the concept of the love of power.  It's a fascinating juxtaposition, one that makes me think of what a shame it is that the love of power so often keeps us from even trying to experience or use the power of love.

When we truly attempt to utilize the power that love gives to us--the power to affect other people in truly positive, loving, uncontrolling ways--then we are contributing to a very important aspect of life.  And this is true power to affect the world--by adding love and positive energy in our own small ways among the people who are part of our worlds.

But what has to happen first?  Parents must renounce their desire (however good their intentions) to have power over their children, and simply love them.  Friends and relatives must reject the idea of controlling others and love and respect others instead.  Politicians must stop seeking personal power and influence and instead work from a place of love, truly representing their constituents.  People in any position of power must come from a place of love rather than of control, thus contributing positively to the lives of others.

Then can we know peace.  Then will our minds and hearts be stilled, and when they are stilled we'll be able to see the world from a place other than fear, from a place that is not defensive and frightened.  Then we'll find peace, and then we'll recognize peace for what it is and embrace it and share it with others.

Questions to consider:

How would you define the term "peace"?

What would you say are some of the attributes of the Power of Love?

What would you say are some of the positive contributions to the world that come from a Love of Power?

For further thought:

Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves,
the tide and gravity, we shall harness for God
the energies of love.  Then, for the second time in the
history of the world, humans will have discovered fire.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

  

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