Love is All There Is
My sweet granddaughter Chiara graduated from preschool last week in Houston. It was going to be a Friday morning graduation so I decided to drive up Thursday afternoon because weather reports were less than favorable for Friday. There was only one problem with my thinking, I failed to prescreen Thursday’s forecast. Before leaving, I texted Sue Milberger to let her know I was unable to attend the fashion show benefiting The Pregnancy Center. Not only is it a wonderful fundraiser, it is a way of organizing my closet based on the do’s and don’ts of Matagorda County fashion. Gracious as always, Sue totally understood but suggested I keep an eye on the weather. That was the second time a friend mentioned the weather. C’mon how bad could it be, Friday was the day to watch, right? Wrong! Torrential rains, lightning streaks, and high winds escorted me all the way to Houston and continued throughout the evening. Regardless of the weather, I was not going to miss Chiara’s preschool graduation.
Which brings me to the topic of love. The Greeks described the four types of love as: Eros (romantic love), Phileo (friendship), Storge (family/community loyalty) and Agape (unconditional love). So much has been written about all of these, so for a quick reference, I suggest checking out a blog by Ichykoo (yes, it’s spelled correctly), on an abbreviated version of the topic. Each type can touch our lives on a daily basis.
Chiara is the human expression of the love between my daughter and her husband (Eros). The amount of joy she and her brother Sawyer bring to our family is immeasurable. Concern for my wellbeing from friends means the world to me (Phileo). Our lives are so busy but friendships hold us together. I may not have the opportunity to see my friends every day or attend one of their events, but I know when we do reconnect it will be as if little time has passed.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: our Matagorda County community is one of a kind. Whatever day it is, I assure you someone is raising money to benefit a plethora of organizations (Storge). I’ve never lived in a community where giving is second nature to our citizens, and the beauty of it is that we have a great time in the process of giving. I wanted to offer my fashion show ticket to a friend since I wasn’t able to attend, but I couldn’t find anyone that hadn’t purchased tickets already.
Agape love is the one that ties all the loves together. In reference to Ichykoo’s blog, “…only Agape is free from the error of our humanity. Agape is the glue that holds the other loves fast and gives us the wisdom and patience when the other loves fail. If we make it our goal to always be forgiving and merciful and believe in doing good to all men, and then doing it, the other loves will stand, and your life will be full of rich blessings.”
You see, through God’s grace I was able to travel safely, despite the weather, to Chiara’s preschool graduation (Agape). Every aspect of my journey was fueled by love. In the end, love is really all there is.
Originally printed in the Bay City Tribune on May 29, 2016