Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering,
Because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain.
The greatest pain comes from leaving…the pain of the leaving can tear us apart.
Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving.
And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair.
We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.
-Henri J.M. Nouwen