12.18.2013

Love Versus Tolerance

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Love is a safe place.
It is the place
 where all of your puzzle pieces
 spill out-
are not scrutinized
 as they lay vulnerable on the table,
but instead 
gently explored,
held up to light,
put together again
with grace and dignity intact...
Tolerance believes you need fixing.

Love says, "Beautiful!"
Tolerance says, "Acceptable."

Love embraces. Always.
Tolerance shakes the hand, 
is cordial-
but only at a distance. 

Love smiles, 
brings relief, leans in close.
Tolerance shrugs, nods, scurries away.

Love reads between the lines, listens without words,
fears not silence.
Tolerance speaks often, without ears.
Listens not, never hears...
the heart.
Cares not.
Really.

Love acknowledges the whole.
Tolerance accepts a part. Reluctantly.

Keep your "tolerance", have it your way.
I'll take love, hands down, any day.



For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. 
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12


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18 comments:

  1. Keep your "tolerance", have it your way.
    I'll take love, hands down, any day.

    Me, too, Dawn! Lovely. I don't know that I've thought of all those differences before between love and tolerance...

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  2. I LOVE this! Never have understood "tolerance". Give me love any day! This was perfect!

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  3. WOW! This is so powerful, especially poignant in today's "tolerance-ridden" society. We teach children tolerance in school but how many of them need love and receive it not? Glad I came by. Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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  4. This is beautiful, my friend. And I'm with you. I will take love over tolerance, hands down. Because Love whispers from the heart, while tolerance speaks through gritted teeth.

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  5. Beautiful, Dawn, just beautiful. thank you for sharing.

    Marissa

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  6. there is a huge difference between love and tolerance...love embraces while tolerance does not accept the person, just that they get to keep breathing you know....

    you ever read 'peppermint filled pinatas'...great book that addresses this a bit...

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  7. love is everything, an unconditional fountain of grace. This is quite beautiful

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  8. True LOVE is a blessing indeed; and I would take love, hands down, any day as well. Beautifully expressed.

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  9. Hands down, love wins ~ Thanks for the reminder ~

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  10. Yes, love is always the better choice... I love the version you write here.

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  11. Beautiful... Love is the answer!

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  12. Love without tolerance is not love
    tolerance without love is less of tolerance..

    Indeed love is needed

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  13. Tolerance is at least as important as love. Life and love aren't perfect, so a goodly measure of tolerance is necessary to keep the love alive!

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  14. it is true...love is so much more than tolerance...never thought about it so detailed... enjoyed it much...and yep.. i prefer love over tolerance as well

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  15. OH this is so true..

    Tolerance is not nearly enough for True LOVE..the unconditional LOVE..th@IS TRULY LOVE...

    ALL THE OTHER STUFF..IS JUST ILLUSION..AND NEVER EVER THE LOVE OF THE ONE WHO BRINGS NO ILLUSIONS...

    AND happy New Year 2014 to YA!

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