What the World Needs Now is Love

He said, ‘Let today be a day where you take nothing for granted.  For life is fleeting, fragile and precious and can change on a whim.  Say all the things you really want to say to your loved ones today, say the things you would regret should they pass on and your words remain unspoken.  Rejoice, for you and they are alive today – and should you or them pass on to unknown shores, rejoice even more for you have a wonderful love story to tell.’       ~ Jackson Kiddard (n.d.)[1]

I have been reflecting on the topic of “love” this week.  My reflection was first inspired by the providential encounter with the above quote, seen on an inscribed poster as I strolled through a small boutique with my thirty-something daughter during our spring break in Florida.

The second prompting came just days later when, on Monday of this week, I learned of the unexpected passing of my mother.  And though mom and I spoke on the phone Saturday evening when she called to ask how things were going, I must admit my regret for not calling her on Sunday to check how she was doing, as originally planned.

Major life happenings—birth, marriage, death—have a way of encouraging deep thinking on those things that (should) matter most in life.  Following the news of my mother, Kiddard’s quote once again came to mind and purely random questions of life and love began to flood my thoughts, including:

  • What is love?[2]
  • Who counts as loved ones?[3]
  • Is there room in the workplace for love amid mergers, acquisitions, downsizings and a sea of other changes?[4]

Answers to my questions were found in God’s Word.  (See the hyperlinked Scripture references in the footnotes.)

And in the course of all my reflection, I came to the conclusion that the 1965 song written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and sung by Jackie Deshannon (and over 100 artists since) is as true today as it was then:  “What the World Needs Now is Love (Sweet Love)” (Youtube).[5]  “Let today be the day….”

[1] Jackson Kiddard – book collection. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.sugarbooandco.com/products/jackson-kiddard-book-collection?variant=34411023826

[2] 1 Corinthians 13

[3] Matthew 22:37-39

[4] Romans 12: 9-10; 1 Corinthians 16:14; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12-13

[5] In 1965, the song went to #7 in the US and #1 in Canada.  Since its release, the song has continued to be a timeless feature of US popular culture.


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