In Others’ Words: The Comfort of Love
Sometimes loving someone means not saying anything.
Sometimes silence is sacrificial … you give up all your right answers for the sake of someone else’s need to be valued. You choose not to stifle their pain with words, words, and more words.
Love should always be safe. When you tell someone you love them, in a very real sense you are telling them, “You can trust me. With me, you are safe.”
But in the real world, that’s not how it goes. It’s true, as the song says, that you always hurt the one you love.
But here’s the thing: You can change. You can learn to be safe. Safer than you were before. You can learn to be trustworthy. You can learn to love someone better than you did today.
And sometimes the best kind of love — from a friend or a spouse or a family member — is the kind that does nothing more than sit down beside you. Allow you to be where you are at that moment. And, in the silence, you know you are not alone.
In Your Words: We’ve been talking about romance this week, looking at quotes from authors Deborah Raney’s and Becky Wade’s books — and now mine. There are many facets to romance, and one of those facets is friendship — caring that goes beyond the “I’m falling in love with you” feeling. So tell me, where does friendship fit in romance? At the beginning? The middle? Before you fall in love? Or somewhere along the way? And here’s another question for you: How does love equal safety?
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