Some people will read no further than this title thinking that because of the word “thee” it will be of Biblical content. Not so. It is actually from the poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)…How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways. However, I am going to put a new spin on it because I am moved to do so.
How do I love you? Let me count the ways.
I love you with compassion in your thoughtless ways.
I love you when your ire is up and when your guard is down.
I love you for infrequent smiles that are your very own.
I love you in the times you let your inner bully win.
I love you more for times when you reign that bully in.
I love you in the many ways that you appear aloof.
I love you when uncalled for, you offer up reproof.
I love you though these things are not the you you’re meant to be.
How do I love you? Unconditionally.
Has the time come for all people to come to the aid of our world? Can we do with unconditional love whatever is in our capacity to do to heal our brokenness? Can we ask with Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”