the demands of love

“The demands of love present themselves constantly and simultaneously and without any order. Here is a hungry old man for whom I have a little love and who has come to ask for food which I am keeping for the supper of my much-loved children: how am I to weigh the present demand of a feebler love against the future demand of a stronger…Future love does not exist. Love is a present activity only.”

– Tolstoy, as quoted by Douglas Schuurman in Vocation

Do you agree? Is love only an activity for the present? And if so, what feeble loves are you being called to share? What strong ones?


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