A Question: The Power of Love…or…the Love of Power?

Hadn’t heard the song in a while, but it brought the message for today. The song? “The Power of Love.” For time since I heard it the query was and now is apt: Do we know the difference between the “power of love” and the “love of power”?

My inside reaction is when the latter takes over, the heart shrinks and the ego enlarges. So hard to relate to people whose need to control [and judge] is so much more evident and practiced than their willingness to listen and understand.

Nary a day when that doesn’t pop up.

But for now, evidence of the power of love. It’s needed in support of all those for whom life’s distance is medically uncertain. The power of love. It came to me in two notions. The first is, consider those for whom we have the gravest concern, what to do when their sense of “making it” atrophies and they don’t think the future will happen?

The notion is we shouldn’t relate to others based upon their attitude.

Let me explain: what’s important is for us, individually you and I, to NEVER close down on our love of God and concern for the other. What’s really important—in our prayers, in our visits, in our sharing—that we are with God and God is with us and our love reaches the other…whether we know it or not. Our responsibility is to not give up, no matter where or how the other is. Always come back to “Shawshank Redemption” when Timothy Robbins and Morgan Freeman, imprisoned but not overwhelmed offer this, “Some people busy livin’. Some people busy dying. Better to be busy livin’.”

THAT’S the power of love. Diss the love of power.

Second concept comes in the following note I received from John Koenig, my Skagit River guide. I’ve mentioned he and his wife, Dawn, host and provide adventures through Wounded Warriors In Action [WWIA], which only includes soldiers who have received Purple Hearts. John wrote this and has given permission to share, bringing an Native American quote that struck me center in the heart…I hope you agree. And. I hope you…as well as I…are living expressions of this manner of the power of love. Thanks, John. Your GIT is grateful for your friendship:

“Hey there GIT,

Wanted to share something with you from one of our Combat wounded Veterans.

Each of our Combat wounded Veterans that comes to our place always come as strangers and all a little reluctant to open up and let someone in… Especially strangers. But… All leave as family members and all stay in constant contact… Especially when distressed, reaching out for support.

One of our Combat wounded Veterans that was with us this past June is full blood Navajo Indian and was facing down some demons after he left us in June and I’ve been doing my best to especially stay in constant contact with him to help him on his healing journey.

Texted him last night while out on an evening bear hunt to come check up on him.

He is doing very well right now and in a good place and shared a very powerful statement with me last night… One he found in a Navajo book I gave him while he was here called “The Stillwater Buckskin” (Same book I named Camp Stillwater after)

“He who’s from above didn’t give you one more day for you. He gave you one more day because someone needs you.”

I thought, “Wow! What a simple yet powerful statement!”

Just wanted to share.

Love and light,”

Power of love. Go for it.


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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One Response to A Question: The Power of Love…or…the Love of Power?

  1. Aj says:

    The quote from the Stillwater Buckskin … this day is not for you but for someone who needs you. No matter the source this truth feels intuitive. Maybe I/we have had it from the beginning.


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