Soul poetry, hymnal words to live by:
Make channels for the streams of Love,
where they may broadly run;
And Love has overflowing streams,
To fill them everyone.
But if at any time we cease
Such channels to provide,
The very founts of love for us
Will then seem parched and dried.
For we must share, if we would keep
That blessing from above;
They cease to have who cease to give:
Such is the law of Love.
-Richard C. Trench
From the Christian Science Hymnal (words only)
And speaking of loves streams………
Here’s a Super Bonus Answer to “What is love?” Excerpt From Neale Donald Walsch’s book Friendship with God
God: “I have said before, and I will say again: There is no form and there is no manner in which the expression of love that is pure and true is inappropriate. I cannot be more unequivocal than that.”
Neale: “But how do You define love which is pure and true?”
God: “It seeks to damage or hurt no one. It seeks to avoid the possibility of damage or hurt to anyone.”
Neale: “How can we hope to know if someone else might possibly be hurt by an expression of love?”
God: “You may not be able to know in every case. And when you cannot know, you cannot know. Your motives are pure. Your intentions are good. Your love is true. Yet most times you can know, and most times you do. It is clear to you at these times how an expression of love could cause another to experience hurt. At these times, you would do well to ask: What would love do now? Not just love for the current object of your affections, but love for all others as well.”
Neale: “But such a ‘ground rule’ could stop us from loving practically everyone! There’s always someone who can claim that they’ll be hurt by something someone else does in the name of love.”
God: “Yes. Nothing has generated more hurt among your species than the very thing that was meant to heal it.”
Neale: “Why is that?”
God: “You do not understand what love is.”
Neale: “What is it?”
God: “It is that which is without condition, without limitation, and without need.
Because it is without condition, it requires nothing in order to be expressed. It asks nothing in return. It withdraws nothing in retaliation.
Because it is without limitation, it places no limitation on another. It knows no ending, but goes on forever. It experiences no boundary or barrier.
Because it is without need, it seeks to take nothing not freely given. It seeks to hold nothing not wishing to be held. It seeks to give nothing not joyously welcomed.
And it is free. Love is that which is free, for freedom is the essence of what God is, and love is God, expressed.”
Neale: “That is the most beautiful definition I have ever heard.”
God: “If people understood it, and lived it, everything would change. Your opportunity is to help them understand it and live it.”
Neale: “Then I’d better understand it myself. What do You mean when You say ‘love is freedom’? Freedom to do what?”
God: “Freedom to express the most joyous part of Who You Really Are.”
Neale: “What part is that?”
God: “The part that knows that you are One with everything and everyone. This is the truth of your being, and it is the aspect of Self which you will most urgently and earnestly seek to experience.”
Friendship With God — pgs. 155-157