Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “The 5 Love Languages: Singles Edition” by Gary Chapman.
Today I pray, “Dear God, What is today’s benediction, today’s good words, for singles moving toward love? Amen.”
Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage on page 194:
“The simple words ‘I love you’ can be like gentle rain falling on the soul of the child. In contrast, harsh or cutting words, spoken out of anger, can damage a child’s self-esteem and be remembered for a lifetime.
Ten-year-old Tyler demonstrated that words of affirmation was his primary love language when he said, ‘I guess she loves me, but I wish she wouldn’t criticize me so much.’ Tyler was also demonstrating another reality — that when you use a child’s love language in a negative way, it hurts that child more deeply than it would hurt another child. Since Tyler’s primary love language was words of affirmation, his mother’s negative words cut more deeply into his heart.”
This passage creates such a calming affect because it can be understood by so many people, as we were all children. And we remember. And we still carry this desire within our hearts, this desire for belonging. Take Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as you will in your own heart. I am posting this link to simplypsychology.org as a refresher read:
I love that the pyramid of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is in the colors and order of a natural rainbow, and in the colors and order of our natural Chakra energy fields — to which many refer as the human soul. We are all connected, and we are all free. And fear is the opposite of love. This base grows toward self-actualization. “Every person is capable and has the desire to move up the hierarchy toward a level of self-actualization. Unfortunately, progress is often disrupted by a failure to meet lower level needs… Maslow noted only one in a hundred people become fully self-actualized because our society rewards motivation primarily based on esteem, love and other social needs.”
You — yes, you — are deeply…deeply…DEEPLY loved. And you always have been. And you always will be. And you — yes, you — may move forward in your freely given love. YOUR freely given love. YOU are held close in all the comfort you could possibly imagine, nurtured and meant to be here. You BELONG here. And YOU are free.