We can describe love in many ways. When I need a reminder of what love is, is not, and how to give it – I turn to First Corinthians, which tells me love is patient and kind; does not envy or boast; is not proud, self-seeking, or easily angered; keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil, and rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres, and never fails.
We all need love. We were made to love and be loved. We want to love and be loved. Yet we must acknowledge there can be struggles in giving and receiving love.
Trauma seeks to destroy our ability to love. In life, hurt, pain, and loss will shake one’s ability to love and be loved well. Yet love cannot be destroyed. It always prevails, is never lost. The families that seek help are wise and strongest of all; for they know their struggles are close to impossible to combat on their own.
I see and feel love at work with my clients in Harmony’s ASAP Program (Adoption Support and Preservation). I see parents striving to be patient, to be slow to anger, and not to focus on wrongs. I see them working to love their children well. I see children craving to feel understood and protected. I see them working to allow themselves to be loved. How beautiful to see parents and children growing and healing in love.
Love is family. Family is love.
A forever family always protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres, and never fails.