by Paul Alexander
This afternoon I made a sign that says, “Love is Enough.” Then I drove to a political rally, got out of the car, and sat under a tree across the street from the supporters of the politician. I didn’t say anything. I sat behind the sign so that only the sign showed.
A woman yelled at me from across the street. Something about love. Not being enough. I couldn’t understand what she was saying, but I smiled.
Is love enough?
It depends on what love is.
Love is food, hospitality, and welcome.
Love is equality, dignity, and a living wage.
Love is open doors and open hearts.
Forgiveness, empathy, and compassion.
Kindness, strength, and generosity.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Cor 13:4-7 NIV).
Every problem can be solved by love.
Every wound can be healed by love.
Yes, love is enough.
Paul Alexander is director of the Sider Center.