“Love doesn’t make the world go round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” — Elizabeth Browning (1806 – 1861), English poet
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Elizabeth Browning, an English poet from the Victorian era, is quoted to have said: “Love doesn’t make the world go round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”
There’s some truth in that, isn’t there? We all know the cold, lonely, distressing winter of being without love; feeling lonely and unloved, hurt and bereft of any kind of warmth in our heart. Perhaps it was after the loss of a loved one, perhaps it was a time when a loving relationship came to an end; and for some, perhaps it has been through this long winter of the Covid-19 pandemic. Loss and loneliness have been the uninvited companion of many through these difficult months.
And we hope that we all know and have experienced better times. Times when we have felt loved, times when we have had close companionship with someone we care for and who cares for us, times when we feel the comforting warmth of an embrace from a loved one. Oh, how we look forward to those times again, when we can meet and greet and hold and hug those who are dear to our hearts. And that time will come again, very soon, we hope.
Love, according to Elizabeth Browning, doesn’t make the world go round; indeed, without love in our hearts and without the close contact of those we care for, time marches on. The world continues to turn, whether we are with loved ones, or whether they are just a distant memory, images in our minds, or a fleeting virtual presence on our modern mobile devices as we connect online through Zoom or WhatsApp or many myriad interfaces. The world revolves regardless of our state of mind or affairs; love doesn’t make the world go round.
Or does it ..?
If we turn our thoughts to beyond the cosmos, beyond this vast and seemingly empty universe, and consider how it is all held together; if we turn our thoughts to beyond the forces of gravity and the intricate interaction of planets and stars and galaxies and consider why it all came about; if we turn our thoughts away from men and women and all human endeavour and interaction; perhaps there is love after all.
Perhaps it was love who created this universe, with all its complexities and impossibilities and its wonder and its beauty, who made it all so that we would stand in awe and amazement at it all? Perhaps you can see love in the setting of the sun, with its vibrant colours as it burns vividly and brightly, just before it disappears; perhaps you can see love in the stars shining in the sky, twinkling merrily against the perfect backdrop of the night with the moon reflecting softly the light of the sun to remind us that he hasn’t left us or forsaken us, he’s just shining in another part of the world right now; perhaps you can see love in the rising of the sun the next day, with the hazy mist of dawn and the beauty of the birds singing sweetly to you as you awake.
Perhaps you, too, will come to realise that, after all, Love does make the world go round. Love so amazing, so divine; Love so pure, Love so shines down upon the earth He created, and the life that’s mine and yours and every single being on this tiny sphere that spins and spins and spins relentlessly to keep us secure.
Indeed, God is love, and He not only created the world we live in, but He makes it go round; day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year; Love does make the world go round.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
Psalm 19:1 (NKJV)
May we pray: Heavenly Father, we thank You that you make the world go round. As the world revolves today, may we know Your love in our heart; may we know, not only that You are love, but we are loved by You. May that be a comfort for us during these difficult times, and forevermore. We ask this in the precious name of our Saviour, Christ Jesus; Amen.
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