Thursday, February 23, 2006

CS Lewis on Love

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully around with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable."
-CS Lewis

3 comments:

chez said...

could it have been said any better?. "Four loves" is an amazing book.

Pattie said...

Oh wow, just amazing.

Jen said...

I think perhaps one of the most challenging things to do for me, as a child of divorce, is to learn to love. Everything in my being want to make it a prize to be won--my hard wiring tells me that I have to be perfect to deserve love, and I want to set up hoops to test the love of others before I believe it's true. But that's not love...I suppose it's closer to simply acceptance. Love costs. Love hurts. Love redeems. I want so much to love.