The Many Forms of Love

Aug 9th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Goopy Liquid Food

I don’t know Father Michael Renninger, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond, VA, but I wish I did. Mark Wingfield (I wish I knew him too) wrote an article in Baptist News Global July 23, 2020, that I read recently. It’s entitled “Why we must not look away in the current crisis.”

In the article, Wingfield recounts the story he heard from Fr Renninger, about the time he visited his grandparents on the way home from college. He walked in on a startling scene, and almost turned around and walked out. His grandfather had serious health issues and was being fed liquid food, which at that point in time “…was splattered all over his grandfather, whose face was red.”

Wingfield goes on to say, “His grandmother was struggling to care for him when she realized their grandson had entered the house. The college student started to leave, assuming he didn’t need to walk into this embarrassing situation. Then he heard his grandmother’s stern voice: “Don’t you dare. Don’t you dare leave. Sometimes this is what love looks like.”

Love Can Be a Goopy Liquid

Love has many sizes and shapes… and forms. It’s not all Hallmark Movie-like. Love can be messy and goopy.

I have recently seen Love in unusual places…

…in the community-wide support of Together We Care, a BLM group organized by a small group of young women in a White Privileged community…

…in people around the globe insisting on wearing face masks to protect themselves and others from germs and viruses…

…in churches and organizations around the country (probably around the globe) taking up the challenge to learn more about racism and white privilege, and try to combat it finally, once and for all…

…in the State of Missouri voters who passed the initiative expanding Medicaid for families who cannot afford private-pay insurance; Missouri legislators had refused to pass the legislation, so voters took the matter into their own hands, and won…

…in the Wall of Moms in Portland protecting peaceful protestors against the onslaught of federal agents/troops…

…in the actions of front-line health care workers fighting tirelessly to safe lives of people dealing with the coronavirus…

This list is endless. I encourage you to make your own list of where you have seen Love recently. The vital message today is ‘Look for the Love’. Don’t avert your eyes when Love becomes a goopy fluid. Open your eyes and look at it, and then act. Support, encourage, join the effort, do what you are able to do, but act. Let the world know you support Love.



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