What’s Love Got to Do With It?

I love a full moon on a cold winter night and long rides along the ocean on my bicycle. I love rugged mountains; fluffy, yappy puppies; and playing table games with someone who is invigorated by the competition.

I love photographing life, riding horses and dreaming of owning a luxury sports car. I love the San Francisco 49ers. I love the smell of the air following a late-summer afternoon thunderstorm in the southeast.

I love pirogies and chocolate cake. I love a good laugh and action movies. I love conversation with somebody who gets me. I love my babies—even though they’re not babies anymore—and I’m in love with my wife.

Love, the term, seems so overused. How could anyone use the same word to express their appreciation for food or a football team as they do to describe what they feel toward their spouse? Yet in the English language, it seems it’s the best we’ve got.

The first three words in one dictionary definition of love is “a strong affection.” The mission of Simi Valley Hospital is to “demonstrate God’s love” or “to demonstrate God’s strong affection.” The ultimate demonstration of “a strong affection” is expressed in John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Almost everyone who has the need of a hospital and/or its services no doubt feels a great deal of fear. This negative emotion poisons their entire experience. Love is the antidote. Love eradicates fear. When we demonstrate God’s love, we are releasing individuals from fear.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear . . .
—1 John 4:18

by Chaplain Ron Hyrchuk

January 31, 2008