Why Love?

“Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.”

(Clive Staples) C. S. Lewis

  1. Do people need to feel tremendous pain in order to feel true love?
  2. What would your life be like with the absence of love?

2 thoughts on “Why Love?

  1. Bob,
    Thank you for taking the time to illustrate how love and pain are woven together and give definition to each other. I too believe that true love is not the absence of pain. When my grandmother died, my mom asked me, “Is it better to have loved and lost or to have never loved at all?” Although I felt immense pain after her passing, I also felt incredible joy in having the chance to love her.

  2. In the play Shadowlands, the character of CS Lewis speaks about the cost of suffering, a force that brings us to our knees in prayer. Lewis explains that his life was shaken up by the introduction of the woman that God brought into his life to teach him how to love. Struggling with why God would do this and then take her away from him through death, he explained that he could not find joy without pain… that they inextricably are woven together and give definition to each other. He also acknowledged that the Lord only gives us that which we can handle and, when we feel overwhelmed, brings people to us to help us with our burdens. Love and suffering…. interwoven through our lives. The play draws from biographies and writings by Lewis, one of the spiritual heroes of my life.

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