Hearts Need to “Hear”

Love, with no definite expression of outward action or word,
Isn’t love at all–since, by our hearts, nothing is “heard.”
Kind words, loving service, time spent together, a gift, or a tender touch–
Without these things tangible, we can’t really feel love much.

Just like most plants need regular sunshine and water,
We need regular caring expression from friend, spouse, son, or daughter.
Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters can affirm and encourage–
We all can, for this world holds much that can discourage.

Friends and family are meant to uplift us and be a fortress in life;
And when loving gestures abound, there will be little, if any, strife.
When love is firmly founded thereby, we’ll be ready to reach out
To those needing love from us whom we may meet on a daily route.

Jesus also said that we should love those who don’t love us back;
Sometimes, such love can move relationships onto the right track.
At times, we must look past the things in some that seem odd–
We may need to pray for the grace of the unconditional love of God.

For that love has been found to lead others to tangibly feel
The love of the heavenly Father in a way that is real.

P. A. Oltrogge

“And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5

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