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Kindness, the very effective servant of Love


New Hampshire author and librarian Linda Tiernan Kepner shared words about my novel, The Munich Girl, that strike a grateful chord in me.

She calls it “well-researched and, in its own way, kind.

It brought to mind something another reader once said about my novel, Snow Fence Road:

“One of the things I also enjoyed was that this story took place in a kind world, with supportive and loving folks, despite their past difficulties, even with each other.”

That is the reason that I write, from the stubborn belief that this is the sort of world that all of our hearts want, and that those hearts long, innately, to help bring it into being.

Because that is what they are created for.

15338851_1492828510767849_7853887363639341138_nKindness is a very effective servant of Love. Maybe that’s why the two are paired in the soul-comforting phrase “loving-kindness.”

“All of the particles of the world are in love and looking for lovers,” Rumi wrote.

Mother Teresa captured this kind essence of love quite touchingly: “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”

I read recently that much of what is expressed out into our world aims at a lowest common denominator.

But have we not a highest common one? A kind and willing servant of Love?

What sort of love letter to the world can be written for — and from — this treasure?

How can each and every one of us value, protect, and manifest it, like infinite candles, brighter than any darkness, whether imagined or real?

5 thoughts on “Kindness, the very effective servant of Love

  1. Phyllis, your post reminded me that one of the things I appreciated about your novel Snow Fence Road, which I read a few years ago, is that the characters are basically emotionally mature. All that’s relative I know because we are living in nutcase times, where even if we grade on a curve, “normal” can be quite whack. I loved that book, as I did “The Munich Girl,” and I would like to see you write another romance novel. I would (verified purchase) buy it and read it in a New York minute. So here’s to you and your dang blueberry muffins.

  2. Thank you for sharing this … Kindness and love, we can never receive enough or give enough

  3. Lovely, lovely, lovely…

  4. Reblogged this on blogging807 and commented:
    This is a much needed reminder.

  5. Thanks for sharing this….kindness and love go hand in hand…

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