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Google®, Darwin & True LOVE!

A Valentine's Day Post. . .

Written By Esthermay Bentley-Goossen on 14 February 2009

Did anyone happen to notice the Google® homepage this last Thursday?

I do get a small portion of joy from the Google homepage artwork that appears on holidays. But last Thursday my heart was sad.

It was Abraham Lincoln's [200th] Birthday
and the artwork offered up by Google to millions of computer screens was not a quirky little caricature of Honesty Abe sporting a top hat. It was, instead, an odd little drawing honoring Darwin's Theory of Evolution. I guess it was his birthday too -- and he's obviously a more contemporary figure whose remembrance clearly trumps the 16th President of the United States. That's sad.

However, last Valentine's Day - 2008, the artistic logo presented to us by the folks at Google showed an elderly couple -- a man with a cane and a white-haired women -- walking hand in hand as the woman held two heart-shaped balloons.

It really was a beautiful reminder that while our culture glorifies youthful romance [Insert Here: Recent mental flashback of annoying Vermont Teddy Bears® advertisement], True LOVE is comprised of anything but young lust and stupid, waste-of-good-money superficial gifts.
Google People: You're still not off the hook for the Darwin slip-up. That was just wrong.

The Apostle Paul's great essay in I Corinthians 13 celebrates the depth and tenacity of the love that can carry us far beyond self-interest and mere affection.

"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails."
~I Corinthians 13:4-8

Brian Wren is a hymnwriter and internationally published poet. His tender words in, "When Love Is Found," truly capture this reality:

When love is tried as loved ones change,
Hold still to hope though all seems strange,
till ease returns, and love grows wise
Through listening ears and opened eyes.
© Hope Publishing Co.

What are you doing today to share True LOVE with your loved one(s)?
Has you love grown wise?


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Denise said...

Beautiful my friend, have a nice Valentines Day.

Barbara said...

Very nice.
Ihaven't heard of that composer or that song.
I'll go google it!

Sherry said...

Happy Valentines Day, Esthermay!

I am preparing a candlelight dinner for Hubs. He was planning for us to go away on Thursday and we were to come home today. But . . . there are several people in the church who were scheduling surgery at the time he needed to make reservations. I told him not to make any reservations and we could always celebrate later. To be honest, we've been gone so much, I am relishing being at home today!

We'll take Valentine gifts to the grandchildren, our son & DIL later today.

Have a wonderful day!

Kate said...

Darwin trumps the 16th Pesident. That's so sad. And Vermont Teddy Bears trump good old fashion romance. I HATE that commercial for the bears. Pajamagrams too. Arghhh! Love does not = sex. Good grief. We could learn much from the way our grandparents "did" romance. I love that little google picture. I'm going to steal it now.

kalopoieo said...

As an old white haired guy, I appreciate this.
I "surprise" my cupcake every Valentines Day for the last 20 years with a balloon!
Nice Valentine's Day post.

kalopoieo said...

As an old white haired guy, I appreciate this.
I "surprise" my cupcake every Valentines Day for the last 20 years with a balloon!
Nice Valentine's Day post.

Susan said...

Hey Esthermay,

I've misssed your posts. This was incredible.

I was very saddened also by Google's picture...(the other day).

Oh my, it seems like the days are truly drawing nigh...come Lord Jesus!

So, what a special day this is for you guys.

Hope you are making some wonderful memories.

Blessings to you my friend♥

Ben said...

Incredible photo!
Happy Anniversary.

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