The Love Leaf


The Love-Leaf

I was getting in the car at the Y, waiting for my husband Phil when I noticed a shiny leaf that had fallen from a Bradford pear tree nearby. The multicolored leaf brightly displayed every shade of red imaginable. Red, burgundy, ruby, cherry, crimson, cranberry all intertwined in the heart-shaped leaf showed me a precious teaching about love.

I marveled at this unexpected and affirming stroke of love of a mighty God for me, his creation. It was an out-of-season valentine on a stem, a love note from God. I fingered every particle of the leaf. The blood red of the leaf, mingled with so many other shades of red, was his blood, shed for me. The stem was a reminder to stay connected and never let go of this love-leaf linking me to the love of God.

A few minutes later Phil got into the car. I showed him the leaf and told him what it meant to me. Then I impulsively gave it to him as a symbol of my love for him. There was longer any need to keep the love-leaf. The love it brought me from God was now in my heart. The connection was an unbreakable heart connection. Love compelled me to give it away. I could create no greater way to express God’s love than to allow it to spontaneously overflow to others.

When God gives us an extraordinary sign of his love hidden in a particle of his creation we can receive it with all the unconditionally love he offers us. There’s an eternity of love in that moment. Yet we have only a brief earthly moment to share that gift with those he gives us to love.

Copyright 2012 Nancy Ward


About Author

Nancy Ward writes and speaks about Catholicism, her conversion and Christian community at, plus 7 websites and magazines. She loves to tell her faith story to Catholic groups and help others tell theirs. Her "Sharing YOUR Faith Story, a three-part seminar for evangelization," is available live or DVD. She contributed to The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion.

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