Love is Hard; Give Freely


"Love consists of a commitment which limits one's freedom - it is a giving of the self, and to give oneself means just that: to limit one's freedom on behalf of another."

~St. John Paul the Great (Karol Wojtyla, Love and Responsibility)

Love is hard. No doubt about it—it’s not all sunshine and roses. Love is a choice, a decision, a daily denial of self on the behalf of someone else. We freely choose to limit our freedom, to sacrifice in order to serve. It’s rather amazing isn’t it? The capacity for human beings to give and bless one another?


God, I am so grateful for all I have to give away to the people you have asked me to love. Help me to be aware of the opportunities to serve and grant me the grace and strength to take advantage of every one.


Someone needs you today. Someone needs a few moments of undivided attention, or a chocolate chip cookie baking afternoon, or a backrub. Someone needs you to set aside what you want to do and do something better – for both of you. Give freely.


I like to pray when I run in the morning. Often, I listen to Divine Office and pray Morning Prayer or the Office of Readings. Then, I just take up a conversation with God. I'd love to pray for you! Please leave your prayer requests below and we can pray for each other, no matter how we spend our morning prayer time. Meet me back here Monday and I'll share the ponderings from my #morningrun.