Love Showed Up by Florence Niven

Love showed up in tiny measures and grand gestures. In hearts and teddy bears placed in windows, and painted stones left along wooded pathways. Love maintained connections through panes of glass, with colourful banners held high for loved ones and caregivers.

Love showed up in emails, and phone calls, and handwritten notes with shy post- scripts: PS – I miss you. PS – I’m thinking about you. Are you doing ok? Surrounding another person with love and light.

Heart to heart connection in the time of Covid.

Love showed up in offerings of hearth and home. Groceries left on doorsteps of people safer away from crowds. Mason jars of homemade soup with fresh out-of-the-oven biscuits. Reassurances to friends and neighbours and strangers.

You’re not alone. Your absence has not passed unnoticed.

Love showed up in drive-by celebrations of graduations and birthdays. And warm welcomes on cold rainy days. With sidewalk chalk and balloons and hand-painted signs through car windows.

Love showed up in our homes. With more time spent with the same one or two people in our bubble than we ever could have imagined. And if we were lucky, discovering that was ok, because thankfully our people, were good people. Patient and kind people. Who were willing to forgive us our foibles – all the more evident as the months went by.

And because we love them, and love that they love us, we were able to overlook a few foibles of theirs as well.

Love showed up in heartbreak and loss. Lingering around the edges of alone time.

Love offered a gentle embrace as each day slipped into the next. Love peeked out of photo albums and wandered through tender memories. Love showed up in messages from friends and family who called to check in and remind you they were still there.

In this with you.

Love showed up in community. Aided by technology. Because love finds a way.

It’s where you showed up, unmuted yourself and spoke your truth. Respectfully and with great care. Because you knew there were others in the room – showing up, unmuting themselves and speaking their truth – respectfully and with great care.

Love showed up, because that’s what love does.

 

* Love is patient. Love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 

It does not dishonour others, it’s not self-seeking, 

it’s not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes,

and always, always perseveres.

 

* 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

 

Florence Niven