What can I say about love?! I think of the song “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.” A popular song with
music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. The song was publicized first in the movie,
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song. If you
don’t know this song, I’m glad, because that means you are younger than me and you’re reading this
article – I’m happy about that. Maybe I even could say, I love you for that.
Our culture uses the word love for all kinds of things. I’ve even heard people say that they “love” broccoli! Sometimes it just gets downright silly what we use the word love for. I mean really, how do you love a car? It all depends on what we are trying to say, I guess.
I’m a big fan of the Masterpiece Classic show, Downton Abby. I own the whole series and have watched
them several times. It is a great story set in an interesting time period that draws me out of my normal life and into a British reality I find fascinating and entertaining. I’ve caught myself saying, “I love Downton Abby.” I laugh when I say that, but in other ways it makes me wonder, is this where my love is going – to a Masterpiece Classic show on PBS? Surely my love is given to people, expressed through how I live, and to devotions far more significant than Cupid, that god of desire and affection found on greeting cards, candy boxes, and pillows.
So, for what and who do we extend our love?
A lawyer once asked Jesus, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said, ‘You
shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Love is not a noun, it is a verb that embraces honesty, encompasses devotion, and embodies action.
Love is a many-splendored thing.