Friday, October 22, 2010

Love and Life

A withered leaf fell down from a tree and lay near a lump of clay. The leaf and the lump became good friends. The leaf told the lump that it was afraid of being carried by a storm into the river flowing nearby. There were signs of a severe storm. The lump of clay moved slightly and sat on the leaf and saved it from the storm. The weather became calm and they remained close. One day, they heard the sound of rain. The lump of clay was afraid of getting wet and being washed away in the water. The leaf saved the lump by covering it like an umbrella. The rain stopped and they were happy. Later, one night, a severe storm and a heavy rain arrived together. The dry leaf was flown far away and destroyed. The lump of clay was washed away. Their loving friendship continued till their end. That was ‘true love.’

A lady asked her husband, “Do you love me, dear?”

“Yes, I do”, he replied.

She continued, “Would you die for me?”

He said, “No, dear. Mine is an undying love.”

He did not know that the word ‘undying’ means ‘endless and everlasting.’

Jesus Christ taught, “The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them.”

True love is like two rivers that meet and merge and then flow as a single river.

We may give without loving. But we cannot love without giving. Love cures two people- the one who gives it and the one who receives it. True love demands sacrifice.


© By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.

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