In Greek, agape is the highest form of love, a love that seeks the welfare of the other, even at great personal cost.
It came up in today's daily reading from the book of 1 John, perhaps with no coincidence that today we are celebrating a holiday all about love. Valentine's Day is a day spited by many, enjoyed by few, and ignored by others, and it's one that I typically always dread. Nothing reminds you that you're single like a holiday devoted to love!
But this year has been different, primarily because so many other things have been happening. Today a big decision was finalized, and I plan to share it with you all soon (it's very exciting!), but not right now. Because I first want to take time to acknowledge the people in my life who have shown me true agape from the day I was born.
My mom and dad have faithfully sent me cards and care packages on this holiday for as long as I can remember, not ceasing when I graduated and moved out. I've written about this previously, like the time they sent me gifts (namely food) while I was living in New Zealand, or today, when they sent me cards and a gift--in the form of bonds given to me 30 years ago--that reminds me I was loved from the moment I was born.
I even get a note from our dogs.
So, to my parents who always brighten this time of year by teaching me the far-reaching depths of agape , thank you.