What a beautiful Valentine weekend! A creative visual richly displayed for the awakening of love's flame on the earth. The snow fell beautifully all day on Friday- a rare experience in our corner of the south- layering the earth with a decadent image of grace and individuality. Later that evening we watched as the nations gathered for the opening ceremony of the winter olympics. Those whose courage, in the midst of challenge, had enabled them the ability to transcend their skill were at the door of their moment. The war of their challenge was proceeded by a rich display of artistic expression. Rhythm, dance, poetry, and song christened a snow ladened ground. With nations at war, and the challenge to conquer consistently coupling the panic of defeat, the symbolism to the weekend's events seemed even bigger in that moment. A greater authority seemed to transcend the atmosphere breathing hope and light for the nations. It made me crave to participate in the rhythm of it all for the tangibility of the whole experience. The light of love's arrow comes as a torch bearing an eternal flame with the nations universally targeted for the dance. Love, risk, loss, challenge, courage, and victory all swirl together revealing an image of the true taste of love...both bitter and sweet. Gold and silver will symbolize gifts of love for some, and medals of accomplishment for others. Love's arrow...the key ingredient for a universal shift. It's the flame in creative expression...the key to conquering impoverished nations with light...the key for experiencing victory as it dissipates fear...its remedies are endless. May we be an open target for its flame...all we aspire to do or be has no color without it!
In a world where cultural barriers exist
only to define the beauty of our differences...
it's unifying to know that the similarities
we share lie rooted in the hub of our existence.