This morning, I finished reading The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis, a book my mom had suggested I read several months ago. It had become part of my morning writing practice, a few pages of his language layered into my mind before I put my own words on the page.
The book is Lewis’ study of the four kinds of love in the world – Affection, Friendship, Eros, and Charity. As is his style, he goes into complex and deep detail about the qualities of each love – what they are and what they are not, and of course, he ends with a study of God’s love for us, a perfect bit of reading for me today. Here is my favorite quote:
We were made for God. Only by being in some respect like Him, only by being a manifestation of His beauty, lovingkindness, wisdom or goodness, has any earthly Beloved excited our love. It is not that we have loved them too much, but that we did not quite understand what we were loving. It is not that we shall be asked [in heaven] to turn from them, so dearly familiar, to a Stranger. When we see the face of God we shall know that we have always known it. He has been a party to, has made, sustained and moved moment by moment within, all our earthly experiences of innocent love. All that was true love in them was, even on earth, far more His than ours, and ours only because His.
At moments, I think I get glimpses of what it is to feel that deep love of God that drives all the universe, and in those moments, there is a bliss (what a great word!) beyond all measure. There is deep peace for me in knowing that this is what I was made for – to love and be loved. That’s so much the easier and so, so much the harder path of life.