Love is – part II

A few years ago someone recommended that I read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. It really caught my attention because of the beautiful illustrations. But, over the past few years I have come to view it as much more. It is a children’s book, (I’d say 8 and above) but it is for adults as well. It’s a beautiful story of love.

Edward Tulane is a china rabbit that believes life owes him everything. He believes he is entitled to say the least. Everyone and everything is beneath him. Edward begins his journey on a cruise with his young mistress who cares very much for Edward. Edward is thrown overboard and then begins to have several misadventures. He finds himself with absolutely nothing. Along the way he meets several people who care for him. He begins to learn lessons about himself. He is learning what real love is.

I don’t want to give away the end (I hope you’ll read it!) but I’ve got to share something from the book.Near the end, Edward is put in doll shop. He sits there for a long time and no one comes to buy him. He meets a 100-year-old doll in the shop. She is quite expectant that someone will come to buy her. But, Edward says that he doesn’t care if anyone buys him or not. He says that he is done with love and being loved. Her reply, …”if you have no intention of loving or being loved, then the whole journey is pointless.”

Are you feeling that way today? Do you live life in dread every day that no one will  ever love you? Have you been so hurt that you think you can never love again? I want to share another story with you next time. It’s the greatest love story on earth!

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