Books have been written about love. Some of them actually have a step by step formula for how to get it. It’s an industry. Yet to boil down something that comes with the package of being human, love is an invitation. As such the invitation can be turned down or accepted. It is the most natural thing in the world to love. It is a way of living. What may get in the way of loving  are personal desires that run contrary to our very nature. Greed and power are not natural when defining oneself as a human being. They seem to be selfish and self-serving. The only answer that makes any sense to me when I am asked “why are we here?” is to answer simply “to love and to allow ourselves to be loved.” Everything else is stuff we do. Love is who we are. We cannot take “stuff” with us so the whole grabbing of power from the powerless and the self-righteous attitude that becomes it’s engine are as dust in the wind in the end. What endures is love. Material things in time will wither away. Love is eternal.

5 I shall cure them of their disloyalty, I shall love them with all my heart, for my anger has turned away from them. (Hosea 14:5)

8 Listen, my people, while I give you warning; Israel, if only you would listen to me!

9 ‘You shall have no strange gods, shall worship no alien god. (Ps 81:8-9)

31 The second is this: You must love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’(Mark 12:31)

and for a Friday…so it goes